Today voters are deciding the future of Los Angeles. What is at stake is the mayor’s office, in addition to other municipal positions and half of the City Council members.
At the same time, the course of the school reform will be decided with the election of the Los Angeles Unified School District board.
This is a primary, meaning that if in a race, none of the candidates obtains more than 50% of the votes, the two top candidates go to a runoff election in June.
Go out and vote. Make your voice heard in this important moment in our city’s history.
These are our recommendations:
Mayor: Eric Garcetti
The former City Council president has a plan to create jobs by taking advantage of the many industries active in Los Angeles, including manufacturing, tourism, trade, and entertainment. Garcetti’s experience in city government, along with his job creation plans, represent a combination with the potential to spark an economic resurgence on a solid foundation. He has all the qualities to be a modern, efficient leader, who knows how to build consensus while standing firm when necessary.
City Attorney: Mike Feuer
The City Attorney’s Office needs a change. It needs someone with a great deal of experience in various legal areas, with proven positive leadership capacity and sensitivity to social issues. And this must be someone who really wants the job, not a second choice like current City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.
Controller: Ron Galperin
He combines experience in the private sector, his efficiency and revenue work on city commissions, and his work on neighborhood councils and social initiatives. This gives Galperin a unique profile for this position.
District 1: Gil Cedillo
The district will be the great beneficiary of the tenacity demonstrated by Gil Cedillo in the State legislature. He has the potential to build coalitions among his broad and varied supporters for the good of the district’s residents. Cedillo brings a unique offer to the table in terms of leadership and experience.
District 7: Felipe Fuentes
Fuentes stands out because he has demonstrated over his career that he has what it takes to improve the district.
District 9: Ana Cubas
Her background lends credibility to her vision of development for the district. Cubas is capable of moving projects forward for the good of the residents thanks to her long track record in local government and her knowledge.
District 13: Matt Szabo
Szabo has direct knowledge of the budget challenges facing the city, having served as Deputy Mayor until last July. Szabo’s plan targets public transportation, protection and development of affordable housing, and public safety.
District 2 (LAUSD: Monica Garcia
She is key for continuing down the current path to improving the public schools. García has proven leadership and commitment in seeking alternatives and providing options to parents faced with students’ low academic performance.
District 4 (LAUSD): Kate Anderson
Anderson is the right response to the disappointment with Steve Zimmer. She wants to promote teacher accountability for student learning, open school options for parents, and keep a critical eye on charter school performance.
District 6 (LAUSD): Antonio Sanchez
Sanchez is the only candidate for the post who unwaveringly supports the reform agenda of school Superintendent John Deasy. He has the unusual support of UTLA and the Coalition for School Reform, placing him in a good position to build coalitions, something very necessary on a divided board.
Measure A: No
City authorities need more creative ways to resolve the budget deficit than a sales tax hike. This regressive measure will increase the tax to 9.5%, giving Los Angeles the third highest sales tax in the country.
Charter Amendment B: Yes
The city passed a measure so police personnel from the Department of General Services could be transferred to the Los Angeles Police Department. This measure allows the transfer of benefits at the beneficiary’s expense.