Archived: Tuesday March 3, 2009 Ballot Recommendations


On March 3, some Los Angeles County voters will go to the polls to vote on a variety of elected positions as well as funding measures. While many voters may be suffering from voter fatigue following the November presidential election and a seemingly never ending number of state and local ballot propositions, EGP encourages voters to push aside the temptation to sit this election out and to vote on March 3.
As much as the area’s taxpayers and voters may be tempted to vote out all office incumbents — count us among them — these are difficult times and Eastern Group Publications believes that there are a number of candidates who deserve re-election, and new candidates who may make a difference as we move forward.

City of Los Angeles Consolidated Elections
Mayor—Vote for Antonio Villaraigosa— Crime has gone down and Villaraigosa should be commended for his dedication to Los Angeles schools.

City Attorney—No Recommendation. It is our opinion all candidates for this office are well qualified.

City Controller—Vote for Wendy Gruel—Though we sometimes feel Gruel isn’t independent enough on the City Council, we think her familiarity with where all the financial skeletons are buried and her pledge to continue Controller Laura Chick’s steadfast protection of Los Angeles taxpayers is promising.

City Council:
City Council District 1—Ed Reyes
City Council District 14—Eric Garcetti

City of Los Angeles Measures
Given the City’s expected $400 million 2009-2010 budget deficit, we believe that it is not prudent to endorse any measure that could result in added revenue expense. The City should first get the deficit under control.

Therefore we are recommending a NO VOTE on Measures A, B, C, D.

We do recommend a YES VOTE on Measure E, since it encourages the City to provide incentives to businesses to encourage economic development, which, we believe will result in more jobs for the City’s residents.

Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees
We are endorsing all the incumbents, since the financial turmoil in the state budget will also hit the district we believe seasoned trustees are needed on the board.
Seat No. 2—Angela Reddock

Seat No. 4—Kelly Candaele
Seat No. 6—Nancy Pearlman
Seat No. 7—Miguel Santiago

City of Monterey Park
Both the city clerk and the city treasurer are running unopposed, so no endorsement is needed.

City of Commerce

There are 10 candidates running for the three City Council seats. One seat is that of a council member who decided not to seek re-election. The remaining two seats are held by elected officials involved in a recent recall: one who held on to his seat by a slim margin of victory, and the other by a council member who narrowly defeated the recalled council member. EGP offers no recommendation in this race.

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1 Comment

  1. Ed Reyes does not deserve a 3rd term. He lied about raising trash fees for more police officers. Now he says he will cut police officers.

    His area has had lots of gang shootings and the killings including the Deputy that was killed in Cypress Park. The streets are dirty and walls and alleys are filled with garffiti. Ed Reyes never comes into the neighborhood until there is a photo op or a funeral.

    Vote for Jesse Rosas for City Council for CD1.

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