They 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.