Endorsements for March 2017

Mayor: Eric Garcetti - ADA SoCal has supported Eric Garcetti since he was a city councilman.  He's been a decent mayor with great potential, if a bit cautious.  He moved slowly on increasing the minimum wage, has only tepidly moved away from petroleum, and has not shown any willingness to address the root causes of a violent and biased police culture.  We are hoping that in the current political climate, our mayor will rise to the challenge and become the progressive champion we desperately need. 

City Attorney: Mike Feuer - Mike Feuer is running unopposed for City Attorney, and that's a shame. While he has been a champion on environmental issues, he's displayed fierce opposition to protecting access to Medical Marijuana, instead continues to wage the failed Drug War. We hope that now that California has legalized Marijuana, Mike Feuer will mellow out on the issue. Mike Feuer has also been weak on protecting the civil liberties of  Black Lives Matter protesters, choosing to throw the book at them rather than drop the charges for non-violent protest.  In this era when more and more people will be taking to the streets to protest the depredations of the the Trump Administration and the Republicans, we are hoping that our City Attorney will be protecting our Civil Liberties and not curtailing them. 

City Controller: Ron Galperin - While there is room for growth with Ron Galperin, we believe he will continue his great work if re-elected. In his first year as City Controller, Ron created Control Panel LA, a 21st century dashboard and hub making the City of LA's budget more accessible to the public. We recognize the work Ron Galperin has put into his first 4 year term in public office and look forward to seeing what he brings forth in his second term.

City Council District 1: Gil Cedillo - We're endorsing Gil Ceillo in District 1 against progressive challenger Joe Bray-Ali. Gil Cedillo's record on progressive issues has earned him our endorsement. We commend him for being being the strongest voice for the homeless on the City Council and for being one of a few elected officials in Southern California who actively worked on Bernie Sanders' Presidential campaign.

City Council District 3: Bob Blumenfield - Bob Blumenfield has run a responsive and active City Council office for constituents of the South West Valley. We hope that he will complete his term as City Council Member and use the full 5 and a half year term to develop connections to grass roots activists disappointed with bourgeoisie politics.

City Council District 5: Paul Koretz - As a constant progressive voice on a wide range of issues that face the City Council, we proudly endorse Paul Koretz for City Council District 5.

City Council District 7: No Endorsement - We spoke to many of the 20 candidates running and respect many of the progressive candidates running, however, we are unable to provide an endorsement for District 7 at this time.

City Council District 9: Adriana Cabrera - Adriana Cabrera is a young vibrant Latina finishing her Masters Degree from California State University Northridge and has a fresh progressive outlook that was developing before Bernie Sanders' campaign. Ms. Cabrera may not have the experience of cutting deals with developers and polluters for votes, but she has been working in the community, with students and with other residents in District 9 that have been marginalized by a political system that focuses on campaign contributions as opposed to the voice of the people.

City Council District 11: Mike Bonin - Although Mike Bonin's proposed legislation regulating vacation rentals would go way too far in restricting Los Angelenos from renting out rooms in their houses, which provides income that enables people to pay mortgages and expenses and puts money right back into the community, Mike Bonin has been very responsive to progressive causes and deserves re-election .

City Council District 13: No Endorsement - We recognize that there's a lot of discontent with incumbent Mitch O'Farrell regarding development and homelessness issues.  We are waiting until after the primary to see his opponent in the run-off is worthy of our support.  

City Council District 15: Caney Arnold - Caney is running a serious campaign connecting with a complicated and gerry-mandered district that reaches all the way to the port of Los Angeles.

A note regarding Caney Arnold's opponent in this race:

Incumbent Joe Buscaino recently stated in a radio interview that the police officers who murdered Ezel Ford acted "righteously" - we find this statement abhorrent and not progressive. While we appreciate Joe Busciano's willingness to complete our Endorsement questionnaire, we feel this statement is too big to ignore.

Los Angeles School Board:

District 2: Carl Peterson
District 4: Steve Zimmer
District 6: Imelda Padilla

The most important consideration on the Los Angeles Primary ballot this year isn't whether or not Developers need to abide by a neighborhood zoning plan, but whether or not our public schools should be governed by a school board bought and paid for by the Charter School Industry. Democrats were horrified when Donald Trump nominated Charter School and School Voucher activist Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education. But corporatist Democrats have had a miserable record in protecting our public schools and our teachers unions from corporatized charter schools that siphon off our tax dollars for unregulated profit-driven education. Our former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made proliferation of Charter Schools a top priority. And President Obama's Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in the bag for the Charter School Industry as well.

The Charter School Industry is spending huge amounts of money to make sure that the LA School Board answers to it. Monica Garcia, who is in their pay, is seeking re-election to District 2. Ex-Mayor Republican Richard Riordan has donated $1 million to defeat Steve Zimmer because Zimmer is a strong advocate for good public schools. The Charter School Industry has set up two $5 million Independent expenditure funds to oppose Teachers' Union-endorsed candidates Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla. If you can find time between now and election day, please volunteer some time to phone bank for these candidates. [http://utla.net/news/phone-bank-canvass-zimmer-padilla] Los Angeles already has more charter schools than any other city in the country. If we want to protect Public Education in LA, we need to act!

Community College Board of Trustees:

Seat No. 2: Steven Veres

Seat No. 4: Dallas Denise Fowler

Seat No. 6: Nancy Pearlman

 

County Measure H: Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness: YES

City Proposition M: Cannabis Regulation After Citizen Input, Taxation and Enforcement: YES

City Initiative Ordinance N: Cannabis Activity Permits, Regulation and Taxation: NO

City Charter Amendment P: Maximum Term of Harbor Department Leases: NO

City Initiative Ordinance S: Building Moratorium; Restrictions on General Plan Amendments: YES