It’s been difficult for The Eastsider to get excited about next Tuesday’s municipal election. The historic and emotional presidential campaign of last year exhausted my interest in politics and, as usual, the incumbents for city council and mayor are heavily favored. Still, the local election and campaigns focus attention on issues and political track records and results, or lack of. It’s also doesn’t seem fair to complain about that new fee on your DWP bill or the pothole that doesn’t get filled if you don’t even bother to vote.
In the race for Council District 13, incumbent and Echo Park resident Eric Garcetti has had to answer, as well as apologize, for supporting a legal settlement that has allowed digital billboard to blaze across the city. He also caught flack for the seemingly behind-closed-door handling of the solar energy measure, Prop. B. But Garcetti, one of Barack Obama’s most prominent Los Angeles supporters, has been credited as a strong supporter of affordable housing as well as the expansion of the police department. His chief opponent, Gary Slossberg, is a public interest attorney, who opposes “unsustainable development” and promises to create a more responsive council office.
You can hear both CD 13 candidates talk more about the issues on the KNBC videos posted below. The Eastsider will post the Council District 1 interviews tomorrow because election coverage is better in small doses.
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