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| NOVEMBER 2009 COUNCIL ELECTION
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Updated Nov. 2
WHERE'S MY POLLING PLACE?
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you cannot find your polling place, call the city clerk at (310) 318-0204 (up to 6 p.m.), or the county registrar-recorder at (800) 815-2666, or use the online lookup service at LAVOTE.NET. Or, go to any of the following polling places. (Even if they are not your polling place, they will be able to direct you to the right location.)
955 Eighth Place (Residence)
1315 Valley Drive (City Hall)
861 Valley Drive (Clark Bldg.)
1837 PCH (Sunrise Assisted Living)
2515 Valley Drive (Kiwanis Bldg.)
415 Herondo (Playa Pacifica Apts. Lobby)
THE CANDIDATES ( ONE HAS WITHDRAWN )
In November 2009 the 4-year terms of Councilmembers Keegan, Bobko and Reviczky will be ending. Reviczky chose not to run for a fifth term. Seven candidates, including incumbents Keegan and Bobko, are running for the three seats. The five challengers are Kathleen Midstokke, Jeff Duclos, Josh Ochs, Christopher Reed and Howard Fishman. The name of an eighth candidate, Marc Schoonover, will appear on the ballot, but he has officially withdrawn from the race.
All eight candidates filed initial public information including a Statement of Economic Interests and a Statement of Organization.
The seven active candidates turned in first-round campaign finance statements (5 MB pdf) (covering the period up to Sept. 19). Ochs' was late.
By 5:30 p.m. on the Oct. 22 due date, five of the seven active candidates (all but Bobko and Ochs) had turned in their second-round statements (3MB pdf) covering the period up to Oct. 17. Bobko and Ochs turned in their statements on the 26th.
WHO AM I VOTING FOR?
That's secret! But I will say that I’m not voting for either of the incumbents. It's an easy decision: The sitting council failed to give any significant financial aid to the local schools, even though they easily could have - even now the City has $19.2 million in the bank (per the treasurer’s Investment Report online in the packet for the Oct. 27 council meeting) and the City has just reported a $1.1 million operating surplus (per the Consolidated Statement published on page 45 of the Easy Reader of Oct. 22).
Instead of aiding the schools like the Manhattan and El Segundo councils did, our councilmembers got distracted by a politically hot but otherwise unimportant project to repave two blocks of City street. A project that some of them must think will look good on their political resumé. Their inability to see the big picture – the importance of our schools to the quality of life and property values – disqualifies them from holding a leadership position in this community.
And don't forget that while Marc Schoonover appears on the ballot, he has officially withdrawn from the race.
NOT PRINTED AT GOVT. EXPENSE