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Paul Krekorian for CD2: The Best Hope for Change

krekorian1.jpgThey shouldn’t have done it, they shouldn’t have gotten Paul Krekorian mad, so mad he’s started sounding like a guy who will to stand up for his constituents instead of a politician running for a new office.

Their big mistake wasn’t accusing him of almost single-handedly causing the state budget crisis or of being guilty by association with an unpopular state Legislature, Democrats and Republicans alike. After all, he does deserve his full share of criticism in those regards.

It wasn’t calling him a liar or a thief or even raising a million dollars to defeat him or challenging the quarter-century-old law limiting how much dirty money can be poured into a local election.

No, they pushed Paul Krekorian over the edge by sneaking into the Valley Village apartment building where his family lives and snapping pictures to use in their endless stream of false and misleading mailers.

They messed with the guy’s family and only fools do that.

Krekorian now has fire in his belly, the passion to tackle the corruption of City Hall and its crazed drive to elect someone who will do what they are told, not what’s right.

I spent some time with Krekorian last weekend and came away ready to make the leap of faith that he represents not just the lesser of two evils but the best hope for the people in his East San Fernando Valley to have someone at City Hall who will stand up for them and their interests.

He’s smart enough, experienced enough and hard-working enough that he might even make a difference in the sea of go-along to get-along mediocrity that passes for the City Council.


Personally, I’d hoped in the primary that Tamar Galatzan or one of the
seven other candidates from the community would knock off the
carpetbaggers, Krekorian and Chris Essel. When that didn’t happen, I
thought it wouldn’t make much of a difference who won the Dec. 8 runoff.

But
with the election less than two weeks away, I’ve changed my mind. Paul
Krekorian offers the best hope for his district and the city to have
someone who will disrupt City Hall’s lock-step march to destruction.

The
race has become a contest between the failing political machine that is
destroying the city with its greed and the aspirations of the community
for a new generation of leaders who will put the public interest ahead
of the special interests.

Essel is smart and capable enough but
she’s succumbed to the machine, the lure of its campaign cash and
offers no hope of being an independent voice for the people.

You
have to wonder why the mayor as the titular head of the machine and
bully boy union boss Brian D’Arcy and so many others who feast at the
public trough are pulling out all stops to get Essel elected?

My
best guess is billions of dollars in development deals that are at
stake in CD2 from Universal City to Victory Boulevard and the wide open
spaces of Sunland-Tujunga.

Whoever wins will sit on the
Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee and play a key role in
development decisions. Essel has backed developer interests for years
and will owe her election to them and to the machine.

It says a
lot when a liberal Democratic political machine and union bosses turns
its back on a liberal Democrat to support a Hollywood lobbyist.

Essel
has failed over the long months of this campaign to connect to the
community. The forces behind her are counting on a barrage of false and
misleading mailers to trick Republicans vote as a bloc against a
Democratic legislator, on women voters buying the idea that merely
being a woman will make Essel a better Council member, on apathy and
defeatism keeping 85 to 90 percent of all voters from bothering to pay
attention and turn out on election day.

Krekorian, by contrast,
has walked the precincts and talked and listened to voters. He has a
crack staff and isn’t using Wendy Greuel’s holdover Council staff as
shills for his campaign as Essel is. He has made believers out of
community leaders like Mary Benson and Pete Sanchez who ran in the
primary.

The city is at a crossroads.

We have seen how
ordinary citizens could defeat the machine on Measure B in March, how
it could pull together and elect Carmen Trutanich as City Attorney in
May. So let’s hand the mayor and the machine a third straight defeat in
December by elected Paul Krekorian in CD2.


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83 Responses to Paul Krekorian for CD2: The Best Hope for Change

  1. Your read is my read, Ron. It may be a race between the lesser of two evils, but simply the degree to which Essel is willing to go along with whatever dirty ruse John Shallman throws her way demonstrates what a vehicle of political expedience she would be.

  2. Anonymous says:

    You have the support of friends from over the hill. It can be done beating the Mayor’s special interest candidate Essel. Get the grass root people mad and you can beat her.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Ron but you got this one wrong. How you of all people could fall for Pauls slick job hopping professional politician rhetoric. He is directly responsible for our failed state and will bring that failed leadership to LA. We don’t need that or the expense to fill his assembly seat. Very very disappointed in you Ron.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Ron but you got this one wrong. How you of all people could fall for Pauls slick job hopping professional politician rhetoric. He is directly responsible for our failed state and will bring that failed leadership to LA. We don’t need that or the expense to fill his assembly seat. Very very disappointed in you Ron.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Ron but you got this one wrong. How you of all people could fall for Pauls slick job hopping professional politician rhetoric. He is directly responsible for our failed state and will bring that failed leadership to LA. We don’t need that or the expense to fill his assembly seat. Very very disappointed in you Ron.

  6. Marcel says:

    Ron, I have always respected and appreciated your insight on Los Angeles politics, but I have to disagree with you on this one; Paul Krekorian is cut out of exactly the same cloth as that other ex-Sacramento washed-up career politician Paul Koretz (who endorses Krekorian).
    Whatever and whoever Chris Essel is, she is not part of that awful political machine in Sacramento that has plunged this State and our City into the depths of financial ruin. Their favoritism for special interests is legend, and their lack of accountability is vile. Koretz is already following in the footsteps of his predecessor Weiss in ignoring the wishes of his constituents to limit the number of so-called medical marijuana shops in CD5.
    Yesterday, in City Council, Koretz proudly proclaimed that he had more marijuana shops (66) in CD5 than any other district, and refused to place limits on them.
    He values the shops that sell pot to kids more than his constituents who are parents of those kids.
    Krekorian and Koretz are joined at the hip in “knowing better than you” and Los Angeles needs less of the political “follow the herd mentality” of these two sellouts.
    Have you examined Krekorian’s voting record? Yes on EVERYTHING!
    Never once a voice for independent thought, always the imperious and arrogant limo liberal.
    Ron, I urge you to reconsider. “Anyone but Krekorian” is hardly an endorsement of Chris Essel, but it works for me and most of the folks I know who will actually turn out an vote on December 8.

  7. Kristin Sabo says:

    Thank you Ron! You are 100% correct!
    My original bent toward Paul K was an anti-Essel vote in general. However, Shallman’s odious campaign tactics have completely changed my mind. Our Mayor and his friends desperately want Ms. Downtown Interests in at any cost. That they (Essel and IBEW) lost their challenge to the campaign contribution limit law yesterday will make them 5150 Crazy.
    I voted for Paul. I am campaigning for Paul. I am fighting for the best chance for our communities’ survival by doing so, and I encourage everyone else in CD2 to do likewise.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This will only happen if the community activists ALL OVER THE CITY open their email address books and get out the word for Paul. We must do it. Tell everyone in our address book why Essel and the corruption of the Villaraigosa political machine is KILLING THE CITY. Essel will rubber stamp density, and density. She will waive the parking requirements and grant the variances. She will drink Eric Garcetti’s “elegant density” kool-aid. She and Villaraigosa must be stopped. The activists must EDUCATE their friends and voting friends in CD 2 about the smear campaign and the ruthless attacks on Paul’s family. These crooks will stop at nothing to continue stealing our treasury blind.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Paul is now polling the district. He is that desperate to win that his questions are crossing the line. The girl today asked me what I thought Essel’s religion was !!!! REALLY? He couldnt get anywhere using the ethnic card and now he’s asking religion questions? ESSEL is the only independent in this race. Send Krekorian back to Sacramento to finish the job he screwed up.Vote ESSEL

  10. Ron, I appreciate the work you do for the City, but you are wrong here.
    Krekorian is a job-hopping career politician. How in the world is that change? He was one of the top leaders in Sacramento and had a hand in bankrupting our State and making sure that thousands of prisoners had to be freed because we didn’t have money to hold them anymore.
    He had several years to say or do something about illegal immigration, a tremendous burden that costs California taxpayers BILLIONS in services and costs. His response?
    Nothing.
    Just like all the other limousine liberals who want to tell you exactly how to live your life according to rules they make up on the spot.
    Essel is far from perfect, but Krekorian is just as bad as those vampires Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi. Yeah..THAT bad!

  11. Joe B says:

    Essel is the Villaraigosa choice! That alone should make you vote for Paul. Essel is funded by lobbyists and developers. Paul has a great track record in Sacramento, endorsements by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters.
    You made the right choice Ron!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Crooks and liars are supporting and own Essel. Good enough reason to vote for Paul.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Ron:
    Good choice, don’t be fooled by the Essel staff and Essel dead enders posting on all sites.
    CD2 grass roots is with Krekorian.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Phil-
    NOONE CARES

  15. anonymous says:

    I love that the Essel staff is so desperate they repost their posts over and over in order to look as if there is a lot of support for Essel. I love how Essel supporters are crying that Paul Krekorian is singly responsible for all the problems in Sacramento, yet are so suckered in by the LA City political machine that they can’t see that Chris will be marching lock step with them and make things WORSE for CD2 residents because she’ll have a lot of favors that she’s going to have to repay. I would not be surprised, if she were to win, to see her completely screw over the precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Paul– in fact if she’s elected I expect that — there will be no way she could represent us fairly considering where her support base and $ comes from.
    I can’t wait until Paul Krekorian is in office–finally we’ll get representation down at City Hall and a staff that will actually try to help the residents out instead of being told for anything that we call about that “It can’t be done.” We’ve had numerous experiences w/Wendy’s staff feeding us misinformation only to find out from other sources that what we were requesting was indeed possible — We’re sick of hearing “No.” With Essel it will be more of the same.
    Thank you Ron for seeing the light with Paul- you are right, he does represent change, and it’s the kind of change that’s for the good for the residents of CD2.

  16. anonymous says:

    I love that the Essel staff is so desperate they repost their posts over and over in order to look as if there is a lot of support for Essel. I love how Essel supporters are crying that Paul Krekorian is singly responsible for all the problems in Sacramento, yet are so suckered in by the LA City political machine that they can’t see that Chris will be marching lock step with them and make things WORSE for CD2 residents because she’ll have a lot of favors that she’s going to have to repay. I would not be surprised, if she were to win, to see her completely screw over the precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Paul– in fact if she’s elected I expect that — there will be no way she could represent us fairly considering where her support base and $ comes from.
    I can’t wait until Paul Krekorian is in office–finally we’ll get representation down at City Hall and a staff that will actually try to help the residents out instead of being told for anything that we call about that “It can’t be done.” We’ve had numerous experiences w/Wendy’s staff feeding us misinformation only to find out from other sources that what we were requesting was indeed possible — We’re sick of hearing “No.” With Essel it will be more of the same.
    Thank you Ron for seeing the light with Paul- you are right, he does represent change, and it’s the kind of change that’s for the good for the residents of CD2.

  17. anonymous says:

    I love that the Essel staff is so desperate they repost their posts over and over in order to look as if there is a lot of support for Essel. I love how Essel supporters are crying that Paul Krekorian is singly responsible for all the problems in Sacramento, yet are so suckered in by the LA City political machine that they can’t see that Chris will be marching lock step with them and make things WORSE for CD2 residents because she’ll have a lot of favors that she’s going to have to repay. I would not be surprised, if she were to win, to see her completely screw over the precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Paul– in fact if she’s elected I expect that — there will be no way she could represent us fairly considering where her support base and $ comes from.
    I can’t wait until Paul Krekorian is in office–finally we’ll get representation down at City Hall and a staff that will actually try to help the residents out instead of being told for anything that we call about that “It can’t be done.” We’ve had numerous experiences w/Wendy’s staff feeding us misinformation only to find out from other sources that what we were requesting was indeed possible — We’re sick of hearing “No.” With Essel it will be more of the same.
    Thank you Ron for seeing the light with Paul- you are right, he does represent change, and it’s the kind of change that’s for the good for the residents of CD2.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Hey anonymous idiots – stop posting your blather three times. Once is more than enough of you.

  19. anonymous says:

    10:47- apologies, submit was not working and I have asked Ron if he can delete 2 of my 3 posts (10:26-10:27). Unintentional and ironic considering I was talking about multiple posts. BTW please do not call my post blather, that is insulting. If you don’t agree that’s one thing, but countering viewpoints are not blather. You’re rude.

  20. Nina Royal says:

    To not come out and publicly chastise D’Arcy’s attempt to sue the city over the clean money ordinance was a big mistake on Essels part. Obviously it’s D’Arcy’s attempt to buy the election for her and most likely for who ever else they will support as a candidate for the upcoming race for Mayor as well! It isn’t enough that he has highest paid utility workers in the U.S. that causes the public to pay outrageous utility rates.
    It’s also apparent that the “Bully” is not done trying to get it overturned and as far as they are concerned, the voters be damned, we passed that law but we are still nothing and have no voting rights according to his law suit.
    Below is the latest information from D’Arcy’s DWP Union IBEW non profit coalition, who is the biggest supporter of Essel, regarding their failure to get the law which puts a limit on campaign contributions overturned:
    [Updated 8:05 p.m.: Stephen J. Kaufman, a lawyer for Working Californians, said the group was exploring its legal options in light of the ruling. "We are disappointed that the judge ignored the overwhelming legal precedent, but we are confident we will ultimately prevail on this issue," Kaufman said.]
    Shame on Chris Essel for her support of D’Arcy and Kaufmann’s law suit! I’m voting for Krekorian!
    If I sound angry, it’s because I am

  21. Anonymous says:

    If Eric is smart he’ll disassociate from IBEW/ D’Arcy and not accept his help in his run for Mayor – he was a figurehead for ramming through Measure B and turning out the anti-City Hall vote that resulted in March, that refocused in May and again now against Essel. Wendy and Essel are joined at the hip on being beholden to D’Arcy and Antonio now so although Garcetti’s tainted, not as much nor as recently.
    And he’d better do this more than for appearances – someone had better start putting money into infrastructure instead of salary raises and some scheme to enrich friends while raising our rates upto double in 5 years. (Freeman said last week it might be 50% over 10 years, but it’s all just an estimate, even if he’s being as sincere as he can on that – and at his age I’m moreo inclined to believe him than many others.)

  22. Anonymous says:

    Ron,
    Thank you for mentioning the item all media outlets except you and Paul Hatfield’s VILLAGE TO VILLAGE have ignored.
    Thankfully the info has started to make it word of mouth thru the community. (This is completely true. There is a police report at the North Hollywood Police station. I saw a copy!) People here hold our families and their safety to the highest level of respect. Essel’s campaign were way out of line sending people to Krekorian’s home.
    I heard it was a miracle his wife and kids weren’t there. It just shows how out of touch she and her whole machine are with the people of CD2. From Sherman Oaks, North Hollywood, Valley Village, Studio City, Shadow Hills, and Sunland Tujunga this is considered the dirtiest political manuver yet. We are a family based community. How would she respect families and children. Clearly not at all. Disgusting!

  23. Anonymous says:

    The CAO advised the Council that the budget deficit will be $1-billion by 2013. Mayoral candidates Greuel, Garcetti, LaBonge can be very proud. But, need not to worry. The thug will send a few millions of ratepayers money, shall we say $300 millions, to close the gap, till the City declares bankruptcy.

  24. Anonymous says:

    3:08: You’ve GOT to be kidding: “Mayoral candidates Greuel, Garcetti and LA BONGE?” Perry is bad enough but he’s no more than the brainless cheerleader (“what high school did you go to? Did you play football? I DID!) waving pom poms and never understanding the issues. Amazing he even got through 2 years of community college after getting whacked so often playing ball. Greul’s goose is cooked after joining Essel and Nuch as “The Shallman Trio” being bought by IBEW who even went to court because they couldn’t buy a candidate ENOUGH.
    On the other hand, we may have to worry about Janice Hahn is Arnold’s Lt. Gov choice of Maldonado isn’t confirmed by the Democrats, who are using the cost of an election to fill his current seat as an excuse to refuse to confirm it, to hold the spot open for a Democrat. Tough call on where Janice would do the least harm.
    That leaves Garcetti who’s probably looking with silent pleasure at Wendy’s discomfort between this CD2 race and her futile battle with fellow Shallman opportunist and bonehead Nuch over her right to audit. Without it her job is so gutted she doesn’t have much of a base to grandstand.

  25. El Quixotian says:

    Wait…did someone actually say they they’re relieved that Paul’s wife and kids weren’t at the Valley Village rental? Something tells me they’re more likely home in Burbank, thawing the bird.
    So be it, but if he’s more then the lesser lessor, the big question Ron, is will he work for ½ Off!
    On the one hand, one has to think about pragmatic Republicans in 2008, holding their nose as they ponder a vote for McCain while they hope that the worser of two evils would make anti-incumbent backlash more likely in 2010; as well as 2012, when Hillary may be driving the bus over Obama.
    Either way, one hopes the Benson or McCue can ramp up for a battle in two years, while the rest of us try to minimize whichever flavor of damage is incurred by this year’s winner.
    From that perspective, Krekorian could run his course in Sacramento, while Essel demonstrates her lack of political savvy in continuing in embarrass herself.
    On the other hand, perhaps its best to nip this budding political career in the…uh, butt, before she starts the City Hall/Sacramento/Over paid consultant merry-go-round.
    So, if guilt by association has indicted Essel in regards to Shallman, Villar, and D’Arcy, who have foolishly put her on the stand with the dubious police report, let the jury of Los Anglians deliberate on this doozy which popped up while confirming the 14 year run an incumbent could wreak on us:
    http://www.calitics.com/diary/10378/ethnic-politics-rears-its-head-in-la-council-district-2
    Good Night Chris, don’t forget to gas up the u-haul when you’re through moving your futon back to home sweet home from CD2!

  26. El Quixotian says:

    Actually, better to skip the Progressive blog, and cut right to the source:
    http://blogs.laweekly.com/ladaily/politics/krekorian-essel-armenian-genoc/#more

  27. Anonymous says:

    It is a sad day for LA, when we have to choose between the lesser of two evils. Paul K belongs with the other recycled manure we have of Koretz, AlarCON, Cardenas, Wesson, THE MAYOR, etc., and the homegrown; Reyes, Perry, Garcetti, Zine, Smith etc. What difference does it make whom you elect. They all stink. They all need to be buried in a landfill, and we need to start afresh. Just dreaming. The nightmare will live on. Maybe, once the City is declared bankrupt, we can get some real leaders than scums who want to feed off the public trough.

  28. Anonymous says:

    It is a sad day for LA, when we have to choose between the lesser of two evils. Paul K belongs with the other recycled manure we have of Koretz, AlarCON, Cardenas, Wesson, THE MAYOR, etc., and the homegrown; Reyes, Perry, Garcetti, Zine, Smith etc. What difference does it make whom you elect. They all stink. They all need to be buried in a landfill, and we need to start afresh. Just dreaming. The nightmare will live on. Maybe, once the City is declared bankrupt, we can get some real leaders than scums who want to feed off the public trough.

  29. anonymous says:

    Ron wrote: “Personally, I’d hoped in the primary that Tamar Galatzan or one of the seven other candidates from the community would knock off the carpetbaggers, Krekorian and Chris Essel. When that didn’t happen, I thought it wouldn’t make much of a difference who won the Dec. 8 runoff.”
    That was my line of thought as well. It’s sad that we are dissecting two very questionable individuals. I would have initially leaned towards Essel had it not been for the desperation of the DWP union and affiliates. Clearly there’s something quite fishy about that. Essel could have tried to stop that suit,but she didn’t.
    On the flip side, you have a man who is a career politician and will go the company line. Come to think of it, they both will. Too many insiders are for Essel and that’s scary. Too many of the wrong people are for Krekorian and that is scary too, as is his voting record.
    What’s even scarier is the thought that whoever wins will have that seat for 10 plus years (or is it 12 or 14?). We have seen the damage that can occur with one Council meeting. Imagine a decade of that-especially someone with so much say on planning issues.
    We need to cut our losses on this one and focus on who will take over their seat. It cannot be spread out over the same number of candidates as before. I’m not saying they weren’t all qualified; we just cannot dilute the vote. We need to all agree on one person and push that person through. We need to start now and agree on that one person. Once our majority picks that person, the other potential candidates need to put their personal wishes to the side, agree not to run and join us on getting that one choice/one person to take over that seat. It is the only way to ensure we are not locked in to the lesser of two evils for the decade ahead.
    Evil is as evil does and will vote with the rest of them. We need to fix it now.

  30. sunlandtujungabohemian says:

    It time for the annual Thanksgiving edition of “Winners and Losers.” Council District 2 Edition.
    What’s that you say? You can’t have a “Winners and Losers” before the election is over?
    Of course you can. The election is pretty much over. Most people have voted by absentee, and this chica for one suspects that Chris Essel’s efforts will be “too much, too late.”

    Loser: Eric Hacopian.

    Win or lose, Hacopian has shown that he is a one-trick pony. He can only win a race if he works for an Armenian candidate, and inflames ethnic tensions by making an issue of something just to mobilize his base. Chris Essel met with Turkish leaders? So do plenty of other officials, including high-ranking Armenians. You made it an issue Hacopian. Probably just to motivate your base. That sir, is gross.
    What’s grosser are the allegations that have appeared on this blog and elsewhere about your absentee tactics. They confirm your one-trick status.
    You’ve also lost a lot of your friends, as you struggle to save your machine from its death throes. You worked for Villaraigosa as recently as the Cedillo-Chu campaign, no? Your crapping on him publicly is a *crappy* thing to do to a friend, and I suspect Antonio will not forget it.
    And finally, we all know it is you posting probably 25% of the posts bearing your name. You adhere to the old adage that “any publicity is good publicity,” and your style shows through in your posts.
    These factors make you a Loser. Next!

    Loser: John Shallman

    Again, win or lose, John Shallman has shown that he needs immense resources to have a fighting chance in a campaign. Yes, it has been overblown how much Essel outspent Krekorian, because of Krekorian’s other campaign accounts, and the help of people like Felipe Fuentes. But if you can’t win with heaven and earth moving mountains for you, you have problems. But Shallman has shown that he needs beaucoup bucks just to be competitive. That makes you a Loser. Next!

    Loser: People who got snookered into thinking Krekorian in the “neighborhood” candidate.

    Krekorian first ran for Assembly in 2000 and lost, as a resident of Silverlake. He then moved to Burbank and tried to get appointed then elected to Burbank City Council, and failed. He then got elected to Burbank School Board, to fix Burbank’s schools. And left after a couple years, to run for Assembly. Now he leaves the Assembly, “moves” to the SFV and is running for City Council. All, so he can run for City Attorney in three years, so, he can run for Mayor in 7 years. FINISH A JOB. You can’t be a neighborhood candidate from 8 different neighborhoods.
    And that makes whoever bought his schtick a loser. Next!

    Losers: The voters of CD2.

    Is it just me, or am I the only one who is holding my nose in this race? Is this the best we could muster? Two carpetbaggers who no one really likes? Two establishment candidates, two candidates close with the Mayor, who are both tripping over themselves to distances themselves from the establishment and the Mayor? Give me a break, and gag this Valley girl with a spoon! Heads, we lose, tails, we lose. That makes all of us: LOSERS!

  31. Patty says:

    Don’t worry about who will win in this Council race. You have a great Council President, Eric Garcetti!

  32. Anonymous says:

    The three headed monster, Antonio/Greuel/D`Arcy, and its enormous baggage will sink Vessel on Dec 8th.

  33. Anonymous says:

    3:29p.m.,”Wendy to granstand”? hahahahahahah. Thought granstand was her middle name. She is a joke.

  34. Walter Moore says:

    I can’t see any material difference between the two carpet-bagging special interest career and wannabe career politicians.
    If I lived in CD 2, I would skip this election. You read that right.
    I’m done with the whole “lesser of two evils.” If someone wants my vote, they have to be good, not just slightly less terrible than someone else.
    Boycotting an election sends a message to potential candidates: if you’re good, we’ll show up and vote. If you’re not, then no amount of money will buy you my vote.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Patty and her “Mr. Elegant Density” Garcetti again. Even in his district with 2/3 renters, there are a bunch of new luxury condos going un- rented because of a lack of parking, streets too crowded for street parking and not enough or too expensive parking in the building.
    Meanwhile it is a worthy goal to have people commute via subway in the future WHEN the Red Line is extensive and continuous enough to get to where people want to go, including Beverly Hills or WLA, the Grove, the ocean and so on, right now it’s not and a study by the LA Times last year confirmed the empirical fact that very few people even in the Hollywood/ Highland bldg. next to the stop actually took the subway for that reason. But putting the cart before the horse, he, Reyes, Mike Woo and their ilk want to do the same to the whole city.
    The lack of a more extensive subway system is not, of course, their fault – it goes back to the NIMBY’s in Cheviott Hills/other WLA HOA groups in the 80′s who persuaded Zev who persuaded Waxman, to actually order the feds NOT to give L A money while everyone else was getting it, dumb. (They still want the Expo Line and Red Line to go where it’s NOT going to be most effective for NIMBY reasons, added to the cost and delay by years already this decade. In alliance with the Damion crowd alleging “environmental racism” unless they get the expensive reconfiguration they demand.)
    In league with the westside-haters in East L A like current Glorias Molina and Romero (whose area leaders insisted on a Gold Line that just opened at the expense of the westside or other areas, but they hate it anyway and say so every chance they get), and the metro-hating Inland Empire people, the S G Valley-ites like Antonovich and Knabe.
    It does make sense to plan projects where stops are planned even down the line in the future, and foregoing all development like some fanatical HOA’s want deprives us of the tax revenue it takes to fund services, at a time when the poor are a bigger number than the middle class in this city, so the self-interest of the middle class would be to shift some burden from themselves ONTO big developers.
    But this takes a more sensitive approach than Eric and his group have, who say that the era of single-family homes with yards and privacy is over, that R1 IN metro L A is passe. NO WAY. When these people talk affordable housing and building dense low-income projects (I’m not talking here about upscale mixed-use which can be consistent with property values or even elevate them done right) in or abutting nice R1 areas, it’s the wrong vision. Saying it’s “for the children” doesn’t disguse that face. (Having said this, he’s undoubtedly the smartest, least embarrassing and possibly least dangerous of the bunch of declared would-be mayoral candidates – sad commentary as that is.)

  36. anonymous says:

    I agree with Anonymous on November 26, 2009 @ 3:26 PM.
    Perhaps the best investment one can make in LA right now is parking lots. Anyone wanna go halves with me on one?

  37. Nina Royal says:

    Walter Moore are you are suggesting people not vote when Americans have died to protect our right to vote? Shame on you!

  38. Nina Royal says:

    Walter Moore how can you suggest that people not vote when Americans are dying to protect our right to vote? Shame on you!

  39. Anonymous says:

    Not vote, Walter? Dude, then don’t complain with what you get.

  40. LA Moderator says:

    Good point EQ and 6:55…we should rally now to develop independent coalitions and vet viable candidates. Good ole’ Gary Slossberg gave Patty Garcetti a run for his money in CD13!
    Measure B is an excellent model, because while we may have our own residual preferences for national political parties, we found common ground as we converged from our different corners: Alternative Energy deserves careful deliberation and implementation in a fair manner. AND…sustainability applies to public finance and economic development, as well.
    I’ll float this again, and suggest it as a salon series or an ad hoc coalition: “Green Tea Party”
    Sunlandtujungabohemian: Your winners and losers…bring to mind two other antonyms: sad, and hilarious!
    Walter, I see your point, but the message would be misinterpreted, as usual, by those who think they can continue to bank on apathy. Though not valid, we can still try to write in candidates, or how about casting a blank ballot? They have to count them!

  41. Jim says:

    Sorry Ron, but you got this one RIGHT!
    Paul Krekorian ran a mailer that mentioned Essel’s position on the CRA when they used eminent domain against small businesses for a PRIVATE development.
    What the people of CD2 need to do is hold Paul’s feet to the fire on this one-hopefully raise it at the debate:
    Get a commitment from both candidates that they will always oppose the use of eminent domain for private use (such as a mall or mixed use project) and it shouldn’t matter which district its in (enough of the “rule of 15″)

  42. Spiffy says:

    Sigh…I get so sick of the term “carpetbagger” to refer to either of the candidates. It’s as if those critics are trying to say, “Only those who have lived in their districts and suffered for 20+ years are worthy of the job.”
    If we stick to those ideals then we never would have gotten Chief Bratton. By all means, bring in the out-of-towners if they can bring fresh eyes to the lifelong issues here.
    How many of these people calling Krekorian and Essel “carpetbaggers” have hired illegal immigrant day laborers to help them move or do their gardening? You hire whoever is here, works hard, is honest, knows what they are doing and is looking for work.
    Or you can hire your brother-in-law who will take frequent bear breaks, whine, and may leave at 3.
    I’m glad Ron has decided to endorse Krekorian. He is the “illegal” who I think meets all of the qualities mentioned above. I hope he wins. God knows, CD2 could do A LOT worse.
    Oh by the way, I’m not in favor of illegal immigration. That was an analogy created to point out the hypocrisy of those who call Bratton a hero and the two top CD2 contenders “carpetbaggers”.

  43. anonymous says:

    I’m not for either candidate and hope we all agree that our energies need to be spent on who will replace the winner in a couple of years.
    I guess the question, at this point, is who can do the most damage in two years.
    Looking at Krekorian’s voting record, this man voted to water down prop 13, increase taxes and make it easier for legislators to increase taxes in the future.
    So, his voting record sucks. The question is, might this carry over to Council votes? My guess is it could. He could certainly vote to increase rates and the like.
    The problem is, the same probably applies to Ms Essel, given the DWP union backing.
    Yikes!!! For those voting in this district, perhaps the best tactic is to write in a candidate since, as previously stated, no matter who wins, we lose.

  44. anonymous says:

    Okay, so maybe a Krekorian win will mean he won’t do more damage at the State level.
    I hear Gatto is a bit more moderate.

  45. Anonymous says:

    While most of us are disappointed to choose between these two unexciting candidates, the lesser of two evils is indeed Krekorian. Essel’s CRA, Downtown, Mayor, IBEW, developer moneys and other sullied connections point to one direction only. More haphazard development with no regard to infrastructure, part of the business as usual City Hall gang, and no independence of thought or judgement.

  46. Walter Moore says:

    I am not “suggesting” you refrain from voting.
    I am URGING you to refrain from voting.
    By refusing to vote for one of two indistinguishable “machine” faux candidates, neither of whom even lives in the relevant district, you send a message: we’re not going to take it.
    Don’t mistake participating in a fake election with patriotism or democracy. The USSR had 99% turnout; Hussein did, too; so do all the corrupt dictators of the world. They always win. The game’s rigged. The only way to win the game is not to play.
    If you refuse to vote for corrupt, vapid, special interest candidates, you render their money irrelevant.

  47. Walter Moore says:

    P.S. If you voted in the primary for someone other than the two machine candidates, you have absolutely earned the right to complain.
    And just imagine if turnout in the run-off were LOWER than in the primary: you would send the signal very clearly. You would show you are willing to show up for good candidates, and ONLY for good candidates. You would show your vote cannot be purchased.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Walter, recent elections have had barely 10-15% turnout, at a cost of almost $50/person, begging and pleading for them to vote: a far cry from the old USSR or Saddam Hussein, good thing you didn’t get further than you did with YOUR mayoral aspirations, given your notions of world history.
    Why don’t YOU start at the city council level, Walter, if you’re serious; better yet, at an NC level. Start at the local level & roll up your sleeves – as Krekorian has to even though he’s been in office and proved his stripes as being who he says he is. THAT is a crucial difference: the novice whether it’s Essel or Trutanich, or could have been YOU, can gas on and promise and concoct plans, but that is NOT a track record. We’ve seen how THAT worked out with the last Shallman client. All your sour grapes that you didn’t win when you hadn’t done anything to EARN it or prove yourself is silly. You’re LUCKY you had the showing you did only because of the protest vote against Antonio.
    But what I was going to ask is, another blog says that on her complaint to the DA alleging someone broke into her home to steal the letter from Antonio, she writes her occupation as “city council member” NOT candidate, or retired.
    (And for the record, she worked for Paramount in community and business relations, NOT the cut-throat and central area of making movies – in the movie world, that’s like a D-list executive who the real players don’t know exists.)

  49. Anonymous says:

    Walter, do you still live in Santa Monica?

  50. Spiffy says:

    Walter Moore’s idea to refrain from voting will not send any message at all.
    If you don’t vote that will be as noticeable as drop of water in the ocean! So many people don’t vote in L.A. for these important but small elections that your absence will NOT be noticed.
    If you want them to see and hear you on L.A., you must show up. You must show up to vote, show up at community meetings, show up at city council meetings if you can, and make yourself known. Out of 3,500,000 people here, you will be the odd one to show up and have your say by VOTING.

  51. Spiffy says:

    Walter Moore’s idea to refrain from voting will not send any message at all.
    If you don’t vote that will be as noticeable as drop of water in the ocean! So many people don’t vote in L.A. for these important but small elections that your absence will NOT be noticed.
    If you want them to see and hear you in L.A., you must show up. You must show up to vote, show up at community meetings, show up at city council meetings if you can, and make yourself known. Out of 3,500,000 people here, you will be the odd one to show up and have your say by VOTING.

  52. Walter Moore says:

    Oh yes, showing up and casting your vote for Tweedle-Dee instead of Tweedle-Dum will make all the difference in the world. By all means, play along with the special interests. You’ll show them.
    I’m done running for office, BTW. This isn’t about me. This is about trying to fix the city.
    A majority of the CD 2 voters, as I recall, voted for someone OTHER THAN these two carpet-baggers. If the people who voted for the other candidates sit this one out, well, that WOULD send a message, don’t you think?
    Aside from message-sending, there is the personal, ethical issue: do you REALLY want to give your support and approval, in any way, to someone who is merely a special interest pawn? Maybe you do. Me, I’ve had enough of that. I’m never voting for evil again, lesser or greater.

  53. El Quixotian says:

    Message 1: Voting for Chris Essel as a message in favor of funny business as usual (FBAU) and a willingness to believe a D’Arcy backed message that’s she’s PRO Business. Somehow, what’s good for “certain developers” is good for the Chamber of Commerce AND good for the IBEW?
    Message 2: Voting for Paul Krekorian as a message in favor of FBAU and that we a willingness to follow Ron’s lead in supporting anybody but those supported by D’Arcy. Rather then letting Paul stick with one job (before moving on to Senator) in pursuing FBAU in Sacramento, we set him up with a 14 year run as his trustworthy, smiling face reinforces voter apathy.
    Message 3: Stay home, leave the race to those who rely only on which ‘trusted’ endorser is listed on the flyer that catches the most eyes, and proves to campaign consultant vultures that they can continue to rely on voter apatyh.
    Message 4: None Of The Above! Show up to Vote! But don’t cast a vote for either one. If write-ins aren’t valid, that’s fine. If they’re for the same person from amongst the primary candidates, or for Ron Kay, or for Mickey Mouse for that matter. The have to count the votes they’re invalidating. So what we need is for someone in CD2 to lead the effort, hold a press conference to explain why the uncounted votes count as a message, and maybe start building a consensus challenger for 2011.
    Who’s up for that. Mary, McCue, Nina?
    Cheers,
    EQ
    (wondering how many of us casted votes FOR Walter or Phil as opposed to the lesser of 8 evils)

  54. Anonymous says:

    I don’t know how many of you “casted” votes, EQ, and a little thought reading your banter about life as checkers (how profound) on last thread. Philosophical thought and clear writing IS linear though, my friend, although you can sweep other thoughts IN laterally, but still. Otherwise it’s called rambling or self-indulgent rambling, your particular forte. Have a press conference to announce why you’re not voting? Brilliant. Why didn’t anyone else think of that? Between you and Walter urging everyone to stay home and let the one with the most mail win, you’ll show’ em. (By the way I know exactly who you are, under any initials or pseudonyms, but I won’t give it away, too much fun to watch you blather on as some sort of self-styled sage.)
    Here’s a little thought for you, though, from Proverbs (it is almost Sunday after all, or still Saturday sabbath, whichever): “I, in my turn, will laugh at their doom…for in their arrogance they preferred arrogance, and like fools hated knowledge… Now they must eat the fruits of their own envy and with their own devices be glutted.” (If the shoe fits, you know.)
    Here’s my favorite part, you listening, EQ, and friends?: “For the self-will of the simple kills them, the smugness of fools destroys them.”

  55. Time for "Clean Money" says:

    To: Walter Moore
    By Walter Moore on November 26, 2009 9:13 AM
    “Boycotting an election sends a message to potential candidates: if you’re good, we’ll show up and vote. If you’re not, then no amount of money will buy you my vote.”
    And you were running for Mayor?
    How does anyone know when the candidates are boycotting if no one shows up at the polls? We have such a low voter turn out now – is that because people think their voice does not count, or is it because they don’t even know there is an election?
    A true boycott would be a write in campaign. I don’t know what the legal results would be in a run off.
    But if I truly did not know who the lesser of two evils was, I would get the NC’s and all of the CD2 interested parties together, and create a third candidate that would not necessarily win, but may draw enough votes from the other candidates to show that we do not want the candidate who has raised the most funds from the IBEW and the developers.
    I am not voting in this election. I know the choice I would make of the two. But if you want to boycott – write in someone that lives in CD 2.

  56. There is no "Clean Money" says:

    In response to November 28, 2009 7:56 PM:
    An alternative to “no vote” or “none of the above” (from Brewster’s Millions), come up with a summary list of key items that are important to you and the community.
    If there is a consensus on some basic core items, see which candidate would be willing to commit to these issues in writing and on video. Then support that candidate and remind them that you will hold them to their word.
    Keep engaged and active – make participation part of the agreement with the candidate so that you keep in communication.

  57. Walter Moore says:

    Besides boycotting the election, this would be a wonderful time for someone to file the papers with the City Ethics Commission to run for the same seat in the March 2011 election.
    I believe one can do that 18 months before the election. That would be a great way to say “none of the above.”
    Ideally you’ll find someone on whom you can all agree, rather than fracturing the vote so many ways that the moneyed candidates get into the run-off with pluralities. That’s what the special interests learned from the March and May elections: you need TWO machine candidates in the race, not just one.

  58. Anonymous says:

    Walter, you and some others putting out the lie that Tamar was “a machine candidate” is what hurt the community’s ability to unite behind someone who wasn’t. So your argument doesn’t work when you insist that anyone who ever shoot Tony V’s hand in the past is still a machine candidate. You’re doing it now to Paul.
    And NO they don’t have two machine candidates now or ever – Paul has gotten NO special interest money from them, they’re all out to get him in fact, and he seems to have become MORE hardened AGAINST “them” (like Tamar did) seeing the lengths Shallman and his ilk go to when they want you out.

  59. david r2b says:

    CD 2 Residents –
    Please everyone, please Vote ! I’m here in CD 5 and can’t, BUT it is your responsibility to …………even if you Vote for “None of the Above” or Mary or Michael or Frank. I can understand folks not appreciating the opportunity to vote for either of the Carpetbaggers (special interests pawns), but that’s the City Charter’s fault. Allowing just 30 days to establish residence to run for office is wrong. That needs to be changed.
    In the mean time, bring with you your Pen and write in your opposition to what you’re being offered. Show your respect, interest and responsibility. I believe that the City Clerk MUST also tabulate the “other” Votes and those “other” Votes must also be announced, maybe not specifically, but at least in a bulk form terminology.
    As far as residency to be eligible to run for office from a Council District, that should be dealt with at the City Charter Convention, a C3. In my opinion two years minimum, nothing less than one year is acceptable.
    CD 2 Residents in two years you’ll have the opportunity to Vote for a non-Carpetbagger. Start planning now ! Please !
    SOOOOOOOOO start blogging, start twittering, start calling, start door knocking, get out the Vote. “None of the Above” holds weight and strength … DO IT !

  60. Anonymous says:

    Walter is a joke. A vanity candidate like Zuma Dogg.

  61. Walter Moore says:

    Right, they’re both TERRIFIC candidates, whose only interest is the public good.
    And yet, in the primary, an overwhelming majority of the few voters who turned up voted against Essel.
    And an overwhelming majority likewise voted against Krekorian.
    But by all means, pretend there are huge difference between them, and pretend that the City’s future depends on selecting a candidate backed by one group of moneyed special interests rather than another.
    Then be sure to come up with excuses for their failure to do anything for the public in the next two years. And then anonymously insult anyone who takes time out of his or her real world career to try to fix the city.
    Oh, and anonymous? Why not use your real name when you claim someone for whom nearly 72,000 people voted is a “vanity candidate?” I got more votes than anyone sitting on City Council ever has. Nor does the issue of whether one should vote for the lesser of two evils, boycott the election, or write in “none of the above” have anything to do with me or my campaign. Your personal attack shows you have nothing to say on the merits, and are too embarrassed to use your own name.

  62. Anonymous says:

    3:09, I agree that Walter-Berger was mostly a PROTEST vote except to the rightwing base fixated on the anti-illegal immigrant issue (which IS a valid issue but those who make it their prime issue are a somewhat disturbing breed), and so was Trutanich by and large – this was more about anti- City Hall and Tony V than FOR them by most people.
    BUT when you call him “a vanity candidate LIKE ZUMA DOGG,” it’s like a porcupine to a cat! Although Walter’s done even less by way of community activism or involvement. (I won’t say BENEFIT since when it comes to Mr. Dogg that’s quite dubious, and now he and Dowd are suing the city for big bucks using their 1st Amendment rights as a pretext)
    But Walter will rightfully point out that he’s a Princeton-educated lawyer and not a homeless freeloader, so he’s really in the category of the other candidates for mayor or city council, EXCEPTING Mr. Dogg or Phil J. the Republican costumed character law-school dropout-simpleton. (Wait, maybe he IS qualified for high office in this city, given who we’ve got for city attorney and mayor.)

  63. Anonymous says:

    To November 29, 2009 7:18 PM:
    As far as the City Attorney goes, he has challenged the special interests on billboards and the cost of the MJ service and ran into serious opposition by the City Council.
    Regarding billboards, he is right on target – If he made a mistake in the legal advise he was given, he doesn’t need the City Council compounding the odds against by publically saying that they wish to grant AEG entitlements.
    Regarding the MJ costs to the City: 1. Follow the lead of the City of Glendale; 2. Trutanich may appear to be grandstanding, but the City Council, especially Perry should not may counter statements publicly that hurt the City’s position.
    This issues are night and day. If he is wrong, Jan Perry, Ed Reyes, and even Zine, should shut-up and let Trutanich fall on his own. However, I think that he will surprise you with a legal victory if he wasn’t shackled by the City Council acting against the wishes of the average Citzen in favor of wealthy interest.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Stupid to compare the City Attorney with the Mayor. The latter has done nothing but loot the public till for the past four years. The CA is an honest man doing the most for the public good and the city. Fine, you hate him, but he did win with a huge majority, and has the support of most of those people.

  65. Conspiracy Theorist says:

    Okay, okay, how ’bout this:
    D’Arcy and his clan know how hated they are by LA tax payers, rate payers, voters and other unions. What if they really want Krekorian in, which is why they endorsed Essel? Pretty smart, huh?
    Nah.

  66. Lou says:

    Is there really a bit of difference between Paul Krekorian and Chris Essell? I think not. Both are Liberal Democratic carpetbaggers looking for their next (or first) stop on the public dole. With Krekorian, we know what his track record as a politician is. That should have every “average joe” puling the lever for Chris Essell- while keeping their fingers crossed and nose firmly held. Past performance is usually indicative of future behavior.

  67. Anonymous says:

    Conspiracy Theorist on November 30, 2009 3:23 AM
    It appears that your are the leader, but, it won’t work. No one wants D’Arcy/Essel!

  68. Divide and Conquer says:

    Wendy Greuel sent the neighborhood’s best friend, field deputy Patricia Davenport, back up to work in Sunland-LvT-Shadow Hills to whip all the rebellious local loudmouths back in line for her vewy bestest friend in da whole wide world, Chris Essel.
    Davenport was moved to North Hollywood a couple of years ago because she was too close to some of the locals. Now she’s baaaaack! Suddenly Bart Pauls (ex-Foothill Trails NC pres) and Fritzie Bronner and Margerie Beeson (Lakeview Terrace) are gaily waving Chris Essel banners along with Shadow Hills horsie morons like Dale Gibson (current Foothill Trails NC pres).
    Davenport and her brother Dale Thrush whipped those bitches into line hard behind the scenes. Promised them lord knows what. More horsies for everyone? Made ‘em beg for mercy. Now they go Essel.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Typical Greuel MO

  70. Anonymous says:

    The horse people were promised a break on water rates for their horses and large water-guzzling properties, among other things – thanks to Wendy and Essel’s being bought by D’Arcy who has a lot of say at DWP.
    Which isn’t to say Krekorian wouldn’t give them a break, but the D’Arcy girls claim that their promise is signed and sealed.
    This begs the question of an open discussion about rate increases, and why the urban side and areas like Studio City and Sherman Oaks should let lawns go dead to subsidize the west valley and horsie country.

  71. Anonymous says:

    Since Wendy Gruel became Controller, what has she produced, other than a meaningless fight with the City Attorney, for no other reason than to be in the news. What happened to those catered lunches from Mars for the police? Anyone supported by Wendy should not allowed to win. It will be a meaningless clone of hers.

  72. Anonymous says:

    ‘Scuse me 12:43, I live on horse property in the east Valley and my lawn is past dead to the point of dust. As are the trees. But the animals drink.
    So what exactly is your problem, again?

  73. Anonymous says:

    There are horse properties left? I’m surprised. Thought that ex-Councilman Padilla had sold them all to his developer buddies to subdivide into small profitable lots. He is now Senator, elected by you all. How is the new Counilman AlarCON doing? He’ll sell whats left.

  74. Anonymous says:

    Greuel and her clone Essel are commited to root out waste, fraud and abuse, except in D`Arcy`s backyard.

  75. Nina Royal says:

    “This begs the question of an open discussion about rate increases, and why the urban side and areas like Studio City and Sherman Oaks should let lawns go dead to subsidize the west valley and horsie country”
    Do you have any pets? You must realize that all animals have to eat and drink water in order to survive. Also, hillside residents have a lot of unuseable land that must be watered and have vegetation in order to keep mudd dirt from sliding into others back yards. It doesn’t take much of a hill for that to happen. Studio City and Sherman Oaks have their share of hills too and they are also affected by the water rates in the same way as other foothill areas.

  76. Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget, the tremendous cost of fire fighting in the hillsides. So everyone is equal.

  77. Conspiracy Theorist says:

    Anonymous on November 30, 2009 @ 9:39 AM wrote:
    “Conspiracy Theorist on November 30, 2009 3:23 AM
    It appears that your are the leader, but, it won’t work. No one wants D’Arcy/Essel!”
    Come on, can’t you take a joke?
    I’m not for either candidate.
    I understand this isn’t a laughing matter. Then again, they say there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy.

  78. anonymous says:

    Anonymous on November 30, 2009 @ 12:43 PM wrote:
    “The horse people were promised a break on water rates for their horses and large water-guzzling properties, among other things”
    Okay, let’s consider the above-”large water guzzling properties.”
    You have one family on a couple of acres with a few horses and a pool. But no worries, if they go over their allotted 110, the city penalizes them big time. Tier two is around double their bill, which is often more than their mortgage. And, their lawns are already brown.
    ‘Better to subdivide those two acres to 11 single family residences. That’s 7290 square feet per property. According to the tier one billing, these properties are allowed around 44 HCF, as opposed 110 HCF for the entire two acre parcel. So, for 11 properties at 44 HCF, that’s 484 HCF.
    SO, is this really about conservation and punishing those evil large lot owners?

  79. Anonymous says:

    4:18 Nina, oh, and the “metro side” south of Mulholland doesn’t have hillsides? It’s one continuous very long stretch of hillside from Pacific Palisades to Bel Air hills to Benedict and Coldwater Cyns to Laurel and Nichols and Silver Lake and Echo Park and Mt. Washington and… get the idea? But we pay higher rates, and higher taxes to the city for our more expensive homes and property values – it’s unfair. It’s pork for the valley, and for CERTAIN types of property owners, to buy votes for Wendy and Essel via IBEW. Now we know one reason you are supporting Essel.

  80. Anonymous says:

    12:26, Nina supports Paul. Where planet are you on?

  81. Anonymous says:

    Now we know how D`Arcy takes care of his girls, Greuel and her clone Essel. According to the CAO, the labor agreement approved by the City Council will cause the utility`s yearly pension contribution to increase by more than 150% by 2014!! That`s money coming from the ratepayers pocket.

  82. Anonymous says:

    El Q writes like there’s a 1000 word minimum that he has to stretch his two thoughts into
    And Walter Moore thinks it’s better to give up your power by staying home than exercise your right to vote – something the rest of us realized was flawed logic back in elementary school
    You guys are entertaining. Keep up the good work!

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