Guns Holstered, No More Bullets in Heads — Peace Reigns (for the Moment) in Martinez vs. Huizar Race
Jose Huizar’s campaign director Parke Skelton, who thrives on digging up dirt and slinging it as mud, says: “We have immediately instructed all campaign volunteers and staffers to refrain from any negative characterization of our opponent.”
Adds CD14 Incumbent Huizar: “I am thrilled that my opponent Rudy Martinez has joined me in agreeing to run a wholly positive campaign. I enjoyed our civil and substantive exchange last evening and look forward to continuing that discussion. It is what the voters of Council District 14 deserve.”
For his part businessman Rudy Martinez, noting voters are “tired of the character assassination
campaign being run by my opponent,” offers a mutual campaign pledge:
In the spirit of this agreement, personal attacks are defined as any campaign communication which attacks the other candidates:
- Immediate or extended family.
- Raises questions about the other candidate’s personal life.
- Use words or images that imply violent threats.
- Question the motivation or goodwill of the
candidate’s in either running for office or in performing their public
- Brings up lawsuits and business disputes not related to public policy issues.
- If any independent expenditure on behalf of either
campaign attacks either of the candidates, the candidate shall hold the
right to respond to those attacks.
Blogger Tony Butka provides details on Tuesday’s third debate to a standing room crowd in Eagle Rock.
There were no fireworks just differences on the quality of constituent services, how safe the Eastside really is, balancing the budget, job creation and other nuts and bolts issues.
“Mr Huizar was polished and plausible in his explanations of ‘what he has
done’, and Mr. Martinez was passionate and engaged in really wanting to
‘fix things; ….The career politician vs the challenger, slick & technical vs enthusiasm and a genuine regard for people.”
The Long Bike Journey of Stephen Box from a Near-Death Experience to City Council Candidate
The LA Weekly delivers a lengthy cover story in today’s edition on how Stephen Box rode his passion for bicycling into helping lead the movement that has started to transform LA policies on bike paths and safety and a now a challenge to Tom LaBonge in CD4.
The article headlined “The Bikeroots” by Hillel Aron starts with this anecdote:
“For Stephen Box, it all began in the summer of 2005, when he was almost killed by a bus.
“Some guests couldn’t help but do a double take as Box walked in. Gone
was his trademark thick goatee and earring. He was clean-shaven,
wearing a gray suit and a silver tie. He looked like a kid showing up
for his first job interview at a law office.
“Box’s campaign is a long shot. But if he does well, coming in second
and forcing LaBonge into a runoff if the longtime pol gets less than 50
percent of the vote — or simply gaining enough votes to garner press for
the power of bicycling – it will herald the arrival of a new grassroots
movement, capable of upsetting a historically inert City Hall.”
Tepid Endorsement of Cardenas Credits LA Clean Sweep for Helping Make City Council Races More Competitive
The Daily News endorsed Tony Cardenas in CD6 despite “his shaky record of achievement” because he has more experience than challengers Rich Goodman, David Barron and James Cordaro.
“In his eight years as councilman, Cardenas has not shown he is
a particularly effective servant for his community, nor has he stood
out as a leader in City Hall, despite his intelligence and political
savvy. He’s operated somewhat under the radar, generally siding with the
council majority in major issues . . .
“If L.A. were a smaller city or in a less critical
situation, it might be tempting to entrust the office to a sincere city
worker, an aspiring politician or a longtime community activist.”
The editorial credits LA Clean Sweep (lacleansweep.com) for helping to enliven this and other Council races, saying:
“There is an understandable backlash against incumbents
at the moment. We saw it in the midterm congressional elections, when
newcomers swept out sitting elected politicians; we’re seeing it now in
the unusual number of challengers in Los Angeles City Council races.
“This is due in large part to L.A. Clean Sweep, a political
action committee that has pushed grass-roots candidates to challenge
incumbents, and there are a number of new faces seeking office. In the
last L.A. City Council election, two council members ran unopposed and
the other five incumbents faced one challenger each. This year, there
are no uncontested races.”