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Thursday, September 10, 2009

CD 2 candidates on KRLA: Breakdown (part 1)

KRLA Radio show Host Kevin James had the candidates for the City Council seat in District 2 on his show Wednesday night. Here's a brief recap for those who missed it.


Mary Benson said she wanted to bring jobs to CD 2 and she also wanted sustainable development. She said "Only one of the grassroots candidates can do that."

Joe Essavi revealed that he was an Assyrian-American who had emigrated from Iran because of ethnic cleansing. When it comes to the current situation in City government, he says "Enough is enough". He wants to repeal the DWP rate hikes and also volunteered to cut his salary in half if elected. He also mentioned that he had been endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

Frank Sheftel described the race as "The Machine 3 against the Grassroots 7". He mentioned how his entire life he went to schools located inside CD 2. He talked about his business, The Candy Factory, and said "We are not business friendly in this city."

Pete Sanchez talked about how he had organized the Neighborhood Council Valley Village and served 2 terms as President and how he was now the President of the Valley Village Homeowners Association. "We have to get the budget in order," he said. "I want to see more forecasting and planning."

Tamar Galatzan said "There is nobody fighting for us in City Hall." She talked about how her family has been using less energy at home and paying more. She mentioned how she has been a Criminal Prosecutor and a member of the LAUSD. "We need a fighter with integrity and backbone," she said..."I 'm that person."


Tamar Galatzan mentioned the embarrassing situation of the fire truck getting stuck in a sinkhole at the water main break. Pete Sanchez said DWP money needs to stop going into the General Fund and that the City needs new power transformers. Frank Sheftel said in his first 30 days in office he would hold town hall meetings to get feedback from the community. Joe Essavi had one of the best quips of the night when he said that "The City Council and the DWP are the sinkholes!" He said the City Council needed to stop the lavish lifestyle spending. Mary Benson said "I was at Command Central trying to get animals evacuated from the Station Fire. We had volunteers getting the animals out."

Kevin James played chicken noises when talking about Chris Essel, who is the only candidate who has refused to agree to come on the show. James says he has heard through unofficial sources that Essel is "playing dumb" and pretending not to know about the forum. Hopefully, she will reverse this position by tomorrow because if she is not in the studio, I think the other candidates will tee off on her for her absence.


This question was a softball and should have been a home run for all the candidates. Incredibly, Pete Sanchez bungled this question badly...he couldn't think of anything and asked to be passed. Tamar Galatzan immediately jumped to the microphone and talked about a very current issue - the living wage ordinance involving workers at LAX. Pete Sanchez compounded his error when they returned to him as he still couldn't name anything. (David Saltsburg probably could have named 500 things...)

Mary Benson criticized "Any decision by the Land Use Committees. They drive me crazy!" Joe Essavi was critical of Prop B and Prop R. He also didn't like the City Council system of default voting "Yes" if the Council Member isn't in their seat to hit the "No" button. Frank Sheftel made fun of the 30 million dollars the City wants to give the Kodak Theater.


Joe Essavi said any of the grassroots candidates would be acceptable, but declined to name one. Mary Benson chose Joe Essavi because she liked his tough stances on crime and tagging. Frank Sheftel said he would choose Pete Sanchez because he liked a lot of his answers at the forums. Tamar Galatzan had an amusing response when she said "For some reason the name 'Zuma Dogg' comes to mind." When Kevin James asked if she would really do that..she said "Why not?" Pete Sanchez said he would have to choose Augusto Bisani, because Bisani is his neighbor and lives across the street from him.


Most of the candidates repeated some version of their campaign slogans.

Mary Benson talked about open spaces and animals. Joe Essavi said it was time for a mini-revolution. "I know the issues," he added. He said he also wanted to repeal the DWP hikes. Frank Sheftel warned the voters not to be overly impressed with shiny mailers that arrive on their doorstep. Pete Sanchez claimed that "I am the one who can bring the voice of the community to City Council." Tamar Galatzan repeated her statement that she was fed up with the situation at City Hall. She said "I pay taxes and raise my kids here. There are so many quality of life issues. We need a leader with integrity and backbone."


As much as I hate to say this, ( because I really like Joe Essavi and Frank Sheftel) Tamar was the big winner tonight. She was confident and aggressive and couldn't wait to answer the questions. She had done her homework and had solid responses to everything. She even shot down Joe Essavi's criticism of her leaving her LAUSD position by pointing out that Joe has run for multiple political offices himself.

Pete Sanchez had the worst showing tonight. If he can't name one thing he would have voted against, why would we want him on City Council..?

Stay tuned to KRLA for tonights part 2 with the other four candidates... Michael McCue, Augusto Bisani, Paul Krekorian and David Saltsburg.

Chris Essel? I guess she is still claiming to be completely unaware of anything her opponents have been doing for the last two days....even though most of them have this appearance listed on their websites.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil- Thanks for the recap. I'm liking Tamar more and more.

September 10, 2009 1:08 PM  

Anonymous Secret Tamar Lover said:

"For some reason the name 'Zuma Dogg' comes to mind."

Tamar! Baby, please say it ain't so!

September 10, 2009 1:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:12 PM

Zuma is your Sancho??


September 10, 2009 1:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Bad look for Essel, though based on this behavior, you can't argue she isn't the best fit for City Council, culturally. Ignoring constituents, avoiding tough issues, steering clear of contentious situations. Reminds me of Antonio who refused to acknowledge he had 9 challengers for Mayor this year, let alone debate any of them. Of course Essel is his girl! Birds of a feather... And Shallman - win or lose, we won't forget this.

September 10, 2009 1:24 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm glad Phil is reporting on this because more people read Mayor Sam's than listen to Kevin carry on, night after night "bout them illegals".

September 10, 2009 1:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If Tamar makes the runoff, she beats Krekorian. GO TAMAR!

September 10, 2009 2:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Check out LA Weekly. With Paul and Chirs Carpet bombing each other and the truth about their carpetbagging ways and their ties to Special Interests, taking center stage, it is looking more and more like a Sheftel and Galatzan run off.

September 10, 2009 2:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Insurgent candidate!!!!

September 10, 2009 2:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul Hatfield's Village to Village blog also has a good rundown on this debate. Linked to in Orlov's Daily News Sausage Factory as well.

I generally agree with his take, but I disagree that James wouldn't have jumped all over Essel if she went. It's possible he would have softened up to her for showing up, but she and Shallman are clearly figuring the opposite.

Maybe Shallman knows best since he and Trutanich used James as a 24/7 infomercial to campaign for him and bash Jack Weiss even stating flat-out lies to do so. James is one of those people who CAN sound deceptively calm, then turn on you. Maybe a cleaned-up version of Zuma Dogg?

September 10, 2009 3:06 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The only way I would consider Tamar is if I knew for a fact that she would hire Zuma Dogg as her chief of staff. But I don't think she has the balls. She might have sounded good since she's been watching herself on television at her board meetings. They should have been asked how they would have voted on specific issues, although it was funny reading that they couldn't come up with any.

I am seriously howling at the idea of Joe E. getting his information from Mayor Sam about that automatic yes vote and THEN USING IT ON THE RADIO!! How ridiculous does he look now? I can't imagine him in charge. He clearly isn't ready.

Tamar against Krekorian. She wouldn't have sounded so smart if she had to go against him tonight.

September 10, 2009 3:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can we get down to the business of finding out who is paying for zuma's second apartment if not his first one?

I'm really concerned that he said he would quit and support anyone who would give him a place to stay, and then he got and lost the place as soon as he didn't drop out.

I do not believe that's a coincidence. It's important to know who is on the other ends of these transactions.

I betcha Tamar just floated teh zuma for chief of staff balloon to see if she could charm him into quitting.



September 10, 2009 3:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar just blew it for me with the Zuma thing.

Geez lady. Get a clue.

September 10, 2009 4:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

uh, phil: I don't think Esavi is Assyrian.

I think he said, I'm a Syrian.

September 10, 2009 4:33 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why didn't anyone tell Mary Benson she looks like a crazy mad woman in her campaign photos. I've seen her and she doesn't look that crazy in person.

September 10, 2009 4:37 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Each of the candidates seemed to enjoy saying something funny.

Tamar's joke was about the campaign's biggest joke.

September 10, 2009 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I'm glad you posted this, although last night, after listening to the show, I was ready and armed for comment, but there was nowhere to post and I don't like to jump in with an 'off topic' comment.

So tonight, please open up a post for comments when the show starts.

Last night's a distant memory, but Tamar's whiny voice survives. Paul's lack of an answer to a 'gimme' question stands out to take him out of the equation, Mary B could use some coaching but is a sensible choice, Joe Essavi sounded sincere, perhaps a little too sincere, and Frank Sheftel sounded like a comedian - not to be taken seriously, he reminded me of Noel Weiss; talks too much, says nothing.

Tonight could be make or break for Zuma Dogg. If he can hold it together and show that he has a serious side, and that his time spent in City Hall was not grandstanding, but rather education, he could surprise us.

September 10, 2009 8:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

zUMA DOGG HAS a hilarious post saying that he is going to root out the waste by having a local reporter doing the investigating.

I guess "the" Zuma Dogg isn't aware of the journalistic integrity that a journalist can't work for the entity he is reporting on!

Holy Cow, what a moron? Looks like Ed Reyes won't be the dumbest head on the totem pole any longer.

September 10, 2009 8:48 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

When someone says they want to bring jobs to the district, it's meaningless. What I need to hear is how they plan to do it.

September 10, 2009 9:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Breaking News: Bisani & McCue on the KRLA forum say they both want ZD on their team! Bisani wants him as chief of staff, McCue wants him in some sort of outreach position!

September 10, 2009 10:03 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I want ZD off of my team.

So many people will love that idea, they'll all vote for me.

ed reyes

September 10, 2009 10:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

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September 10, 2009 10:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ZD won hands down tonight, although Krackorian's convenient Sacramento business denied us the opportunity to hear the man most likely to win a place in the primary, as well as the chance to see if ZD can handle him in a debate.

September 10, 2009 11:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why you diss KTLA? They've got the scoop according to the LAT on the dog who's taking care of an injured squirrel. Seriously, it's on the Times' website and they have the same parent co., this is a promo for KTLA not a joke. At least they don't know they're a joke. Even Eric Spillman trying to find out Antonio's travel schedule to Finland and who paid, said it would be unacceptable to go down the hall and just AKS lu if she was with him or what she knows. She sounds like a distraction and prima dona among her colleagues is why they got her out of the studio.

September 10, 2009 11:02 PM  

Anonymous Charlie Baker said:

Zumma Dogg is once again on target and I'm not talking about the retailer. LA Times reporters are willing to work for the Mayor, Council, or anybody else that will hire them and they'll give each of them favorable coverage if jobs are offered.

Phooey on journalistic standards.

September 10, 2009 11:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

One of the grass roots candidates would be best.

September 11, 2009 7:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

BASTARDS!!! Today is 9/11 and these jerks don't want to spend $$$ to remember them nor do they do a damn thing to honor our Mexican American heritage but for the ILELGALS they go all out. They have made our city a sanctuary for law breaking illegals. I'm Latino but sick of this shit. How much is this costing the LEGAL TAX PAYERS?

Rocking Out at City Hall
City Marks Mexican Independence Day With Musical Shout
by Richard Guzman, City Editor
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - The Mexican cry of independence will be heard with a musical edge in Downtown on Tuesday, Sept. 15, as thousands are expected at City Hall.The El Grito (the cry for independence) celebration marks the country’s 1810 war for independence from Spain and the call to arms that rang from church bells across the Mexican countryside.The free 6 p.m. event will take place on the Spring Street steps of City Hall, with live music and the ringing of the “rebellion bell.”While the city has celebrated the day with traditional Mexican musical acts like mariachi and ranchera bands, this year the event will take a more urban flare with the addition of bands Nortec Collective and Los Angeles natives Quetzal. It will also pay homage to traditional music with the bands Mariachi Reina de Los Angeles and K-Paz de la Sierra.“While we’ll still have the traditional music, we also wanted to attract a younger audience,” said Eva Kandarpa, spokeswoman for Ninth District Councilwoman Jan Perry, who is sponsoring the event with 13th District Councilman Eric Garcetti.
Nortec Collective hails from Tijuana, Mexico, and are known for their edgy blend of electronica, techno and norteno styles of music. Quetzal is a Los Angeles act that plays a mix of sounds including Afro-rhythms and Cuban beats accented by Mexican and rock tunes.Spring Street will be closed from 7 p.m. Monday night to 6 a.m. Wednesday morning between First and Temple streets for the event.

September 11, 2009 7:58 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wait!!!! Are you telling me Paul bailed out on the debate???

That's worse than Chris Essel not showing up in the first place!!

At least Chris was HONEST from the beginning she wasn't attending.....

Holy SHIT Paul Krekorian is a sneaky S.O.B.

September 11, 2009 8:26 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Paul bailed? You mean because he had that pesky STATE BUDGET to work on? Are you serious?? If he had come to a crummy little radio station talk show to answer questions about the city council, you would have all gone ballistic and asked what kind of councilman he would make if he would bail on something as important as the budget.

Since he was in Sacramento, doing exactly what he was doing (the right thing and his job), you bitch about him doing that.

That's why I like Paul Krekorian. He is calm, cool, collected and has not had one negative thing to say yet. Not one.

Now if only he would hire Zuma Dogg as his chief of staff, I would vote for him instead of the soon-to-be-CD 2-councilman, Zuma Dogg!

September 12, 2009 7:02 PM  

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