Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
Controversy surrounding a powerful Los Angeles labor leader threatened Thursday to alter the landscape beneath the county's hottest political race, which has been fueled by record amounts of union spending.Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors candidate Bernard C. Parks, who trailed in the June primary, challenged opponent Mark Ridley-Thomas to return more than $4.5 million raised on his behalf by a labor alliance that included beleaguered union leader Tyrone Freeman.Parks, a Los Angeles city councilman, also noted that county officials have accused Freeman's local of raising more than $5 million in illegitimate union dues from low-wage home healthcare workers, a charge that union attorneys have flatly denied.
We left a message with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas press person Lisa Richardson seeking comment.
Continuing with Orlov, the veteran City Hall beat writer reports that Andrea AlarCON will not carry on the family brand at City Hall. DONE staffer Grayce Liu has been picked by Mayor Antonio Villar to replace B.H. Kim as the General Manager of the Neighborhood Council oversight agency..
Of interest to LAUSD observers is the possible CD 6 candidacy of School Board Member Nury Martinez If current CD 6 City Councilman Tony Cardenas is elected to Congress and Martinez seeks to replace him, the race to replace Martinez at LAUSD is sure to draw major UTLA resources , in the attempt to regain control of the Board of Education. Will Louie Pugliese seek one more time to get elected to a Board of Educators?
** We hear at Mayor Sam that a lawsuit may be filed within the next 24-48 hours which could have major political repercussions at City Hall. More on that later today.
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Scott Johnson in CD 14