March 9 | Daily Trojan
A public relations firm hired by LAPD released survey data in January, and according to the firm, “residents overwhelmingly care about three things: increased violent crime, officer compensation, and recruitment and retention of our City’s officers.” In addition, the survey indicated that the majority of residents did not agree with the city’s stance on limiting pay raises for officers.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has been limiting pay raises for all city employees in an effort to lower deficits and balance the city’s budget. His goal is to eradicate the spending deficit by 2018.
March 6 | AFSCME District Council 36
Among the big winners in Los Angeles City Council races – all supported by Council 36 and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO – were Jose Huizar from District 14, who clobbered opponent Gloria Molina with 66% of the vote. Huizar will retain his seat for a third and final term. Community organizer Marqueece Harris-Dawson emerged victorious in District 8 and incumbent Nury Martinez won in District 6.
March 6 | LA Times
"It opens the window of argument for other unions at the negotiating table," said Jaime Regalado, emeritus professor of political science at Cal State L.A.
March 2 | KPCC
The council has $27 million sitting in a sidewalk trust fund. The city lacks a policy for deciding which residential and business sidewalks to fix, so the money will be used to repair sidewalks adjacent to city-owned property where the city's responsibility is most clearly defined
March 2 | LA Downtown News
Huizar has a large-scale vision of Downtown. He comprehends that the growth of the residential base must coincide with enhanced pedestrian activity and improvements in livability
Feb. 23 | LA Downtown News
On March 3, Los Angeles residents will be asked to approve or deny Charter Amendments 1 and 2, which would change the date of city and LAUSD elections, moving them from March and May in odd-numbered years to June and November in even-numbered years. They would go into effect in 2020 and align with county, state and federal ballots. This would, according to backers, boost Los Angeles’ abysmal turnout in municipal elections.
Feb. 19 | LA Times
The Harris-Dawson fundraiser is set for the evening of Feb. 27 at Abrams’ Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica. Ticket prices range from $250 to $700. Rep. Karen Bass, the former California Assembly speaker and Harris-Dawson mentor as founder and ex-head of the Community Coalition, also will be on hand.
Feb. 16 | LA Downtown News
Given his work in the Central City, his relationships with the community, the achievements he has made and the plans he has in motion, we think José Huizar is the better choice for Downtown and the district. Los Angeles Downtown News endorses Huizar.
Feb. 11 | LA Daily News
As Los Angeles voters seek the strongest possible leaders for their city, they must take a critical look not only at the office-holders seeking re-election but also at the challengers claiming they could do a better job.