Mayor Sam Exclusive: Who is REALLY LA-32 NC Board Member (and new Land Use Committee Chairperson) Miguel Eduardo Vargas??
In the recent LA-32 NC Election, the NC link on the Empower LA Website contained the following Bio on West Region Candidate "Miguel Eduardo Vargas (with no photo attached)" for review.
I grew up in El Sereno as a kid and now, as an adult, I have bought my first house in Hillside Village. It has always been my dream to return to the beautiful neighborhood in which I grew up. Throughout my life, I have always felt it necessary to give back to my community which is why I volunteer for church fundraisers, participate in community cleanups, and am a LAPD Booster member. At this point of my life, I'd like to get more involved with the El Sereno community and ensure our neighborhood is receiving the services we deserve. I enjoying reading, bicycling, hiking, making kites and perfecting my salsa. -Miguel Eduardo Vargas
Vargas, garnered a total of 36 votes in finishing second to recent Cal State LA Grad and Cesar Chavez Elementary LA Best Employee Kathy Leal (42 votes), within the Top Three for the available West Region Seats.
But as we note below, Vargas like Leal, conveniently omitted from their respective Campaign Bios, pertinent information regarding "Professional/Political Connections" that may have caused voting Stakeholders to question the objectivity of the, NOW........., NC Board Members.
Effective April 6, the organization that provides cleaning, safety and other services to the growing community will be helmed by Miguel Vargas, the legislative deputy for 14th District City Councilman José Huizar. Vargas, a University of Southern California graduate, has worked for Huizar for three years. Dilip Bhavnani, the chairman of the board of directors for the ADLA BID, described Vargas as “extremely hard working, dedicated and passionate — a person who is going to be an invaluable resource in the neighborhood.” Huizar spokesman Rick Coca said the councilman is happy for Vargas’ upward move. “It’s great,” said Coca. “The councilmember has always been one to encourage people to take the next step forward, and this is clearly the next step forward.”
In lieu of our earlier post, regarding the recent Electoral Hard Times afflicting current and ex Huizar Staffers, we can understand why Vargas would want to keep his "Huizar Past" undisclosed. But with Vargas selection as the NC's Vice-President ..........., and appointment as Chairperson on the Land Use & Development Committee, discerning Stakeholders (with the exception of USC) are surely to question his objectivity in facilitating the duties of the important Committee.
Scott Johnson in CD 14
(For the Record, a former LA-32 NC Board Member)