Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Monday
Angelenos would make a good choice if they choose Greuel or Garcetti. Each cares deeply about the city and its people. Each boasts an impressive resume and a long list of accomplishments.However, we think there is a better choice: Los Angeles Downtown News firmly endorses Jan Perry for mayor. She has shown significant skill in creative problem solving, which is the most important trait a leader has to possess, as evidenced by her key role in the last decade in the phenomenal emergence of Downtown Los Angeles as a place to live, work and spend free time. At the same time, she has found ways with her leadership skills to aid and improve Skid Row and South Los Angeles.One of our favorite traits about Perry is her personal and professional courage in her nearly 20 years as either a council aide or as a councilmember herself. Almost immediately after her first election, she took a one-person, fact-finding walk down Skid Row. Multiple groups do so now, but she was the first politician to talk seriously to people she met there about their lives and their needs, and to follow up. She made Skid Row more than a Thanksgiving photo opp.
What bounce this endorsement plays in selling Perry to the LA electorate will become pronounce on Election Day.