Cedillo, 62, a former state legislator and immigrant rights activist, maintains a large fundraising lead over Bray-Ali, a 37-year-old Lincoln Heights resident. But the Times endorsement could give Bray-Ali, who has secured city matching funds, a boost a few weeks before the March 7 primary.
The Times endorsement said Bray-Ali is the candidate for those who “believe wholeheartedly in a more sustainable type of growth.” Said the Times:“But though he may be campaigning atop two wheels, he has educated himself way beyond bike and transit issues. In fact, his understanding of land-use policy is impressive for someone who has never worked in City Hall, and his experience running a small business in the city will make him a rare and important voice on the council.”
In contrast, The Times said of Cedillo:“Cedillo has a reputation among community activists as someone hell-bent on helping developers build market-rate housing while paying little regard for the more prosaic concerns of the neighborhoods …. There’s a deep-seated frustration in this city about how development decisions are made, and Cedillo’s attitude toward his constituents only bolsters that discontent.”
Update: Cedillo defended his record in a letter to the Times’ Editorial Board.
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