Wednesday, March 6, 2013

We Survived the Election. I Think.

Another silly season - well part one at least - has come and gone and here we are. Some folks are happy, most aren't and we're standing here asking ourselves how is our City - and our community - ever going to survive?



Results for Sunland-Tujunga are probably a mixed bag. Many local residents were supporting broadcaster and former Federal prosecutor Kevin James for Mayor. Another contingent was active for Controller Wendy Greuel, who served the area for a time as Councilwoman. We also noticed a smattering of Eric Gacetti, Jan Perry and Emanuel Pleitez fans around town. Now, Greuel and Garcetti are headed to a run-off, one that expects to be rancorous as each candidate has clearly defined factions supporting them; and one that will lead to depression, and perhaps even, nausea for some as the city is faced with a Hobson's choice between two long-time, well entrenched City insiders.

MAYOR
JAN PERRY 
45480 
15.93
EMANUEL ALBERTO PLEITEZ 
11716 
4.10
ERIC GARCETTI 
93978 
32.93
WENDY J. GREUEL 
83308 
29.19
ADDIE M. MILLER 
1401 
0.49
KEVIN JAMES 
46684 
16.36
NORTON SANDLER 
1598 
0.56
YEHUDA "YJ" DRAIMAN 
1174 
0.41


In the race to replace retiring and recently assigned to Sunland-Tujunga District 7 Councilman Richard Alarcon, Sunland-Tujunga denizens split in camps supporting hometown favorites David Barron and Krystee Clark and Pacoima Boys and Girls Club head, Nicole Chase, a resident of Sylmar. All three of the local favorites were going against former Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, the choice of Wendy Greuel and one local Latino political faction. Fuentes, declared the worst legislator in California by the LA Weekly, scares the bejesus out of Sunland-Tujunga leaders given his record on a number of issues, most notably, his attempts to deliver the Verdugo Hills Golf Course to developers who would erect hundreds of homes at the entrance to La Tuna Canyon and create a traffic, ecological and planning nightmare. Not big fans of Fuentes for many reasons, Alarcon and soon to be retired Los Angeles Mayor Richard Alarcon, the dueling Eva Perons of the day, teamed up to support Chase, but it was too little, too late. Fuentes won the district outright with large support in Pacoima, Sylmar and other parts of the district avoiding a runoff with Clark, Barron or Chase.

MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL, DISTRICT NO. 7
NICOLE CHASE 
4051 
27.00
KRYSTEE CLARK 
1631 
10.87
FELIPE FUENTES 
7699 
51.32
JESSE DAVID BARRON 
1620 
10.79


Another race of consequence to locals is that in School Board District 6. Teacher Monica Ratliff will now head to a run-off with Antonio Sanchez, who won with a whole bunch of money from the soda-hating, nanny-statist mayor of New York City, the billionaire, Michael Bloomberg. We'll be watching this one.


MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ED, DIST NO. 6
MARIA CANO 
4113 
13.56
IRIS ZUĂ‘IGA 
2778 
9.15
MONICA RATLIFF 
10351 
34.12
ANTONIO SANCHEZ 
13087 
43.15
And one bright spot in it all - the good folks of Los Angeles were smart enough - despite lies and scare tactics from your elected leaders - to turn down a sales tax increase. Such a move would be bad for consumers as well as small business, particularly in border communities like Sunland-Tujunga where shoppers can easily purchase items in LaCrescenta, LaCanada, etc. Whew.

For election winners and losers, check out this post by Scott Johnson at MayorSam; for election results, click here.

Round two starts NOW. The good thing is this one will only last two months. But get those blue bins out for all the mail you're going to get! Cheers!

1 comment:

Michael Higby said...

A gentleman who lives in Tujunga who is always gracious, always kind and fair to all is perplexed at the idea that Messrs. Alarcon and Villaraigosa extended support and their network to Ms. Chase. We aren't sure what the level of this gentleman's understanding of Los Angeles politics is, but because we do not want him to feel like Captain Renault in the legendary film "Casablanca," who was stunned to discover gambling going on in the casino, that yes indeed, there is all kinds of back door chicanery going within the web of the local political scene, and unlike a tree falling in the forest, just because our gentleman friend is not aware of it, does not mean it doesn't exist.