Ballot Box: Bike lanes & gentrification as campaign issues; Molina’s temper; more endorsements



  • Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly evaluates Gloria Molina and Jose Huizar based on complaints and praise from residents in Council District 14. One resident compares El Sereno’s Huntington Drive to Tijuana  while others praise Huizar as “accessible and responsive.” One Highland Park business owner lambastes Huizar’s bicycle lanes on York Boulevard, while another complains about warehouse raves in downtown.
  • Another Weekly piece explores how concerns about gentrification are playing out in the Council District 14 race, with Gloria Molina noting that political leaders have talked about bringing a Starbucks to Boyle Heights. “We don’t need a Starbucks,” she said.  Apparently Molina must be a tea drinker – Starbucks is already being served in two Boyle Heights locations.
  • L.A. Downtown News endorses Jose Huizar, pointing to his track record as someone who has revitalized the community, noting the success of Bringing Back Broadway. The endorsement sees potential in dealing with homelessness on Skid Row and improvements to Pershing Square. Molina’s temper or “publicly dressing down employees who had displeased her” also played a part in the paper backing  Huizar.
  • EGP News endorses Jose Huizar for Council District 14. Eastern Group Publications applauds Huizar’s efforts as a councilman, saying that “many of the district’s commercial corridors are more vibrant and booming with activity than when Huizar took office.”  However, EGP’s expressed concern over the councilman’s enthusiasm of replacing traffic lanes with bike lanes. “We encourage him to give more attention to those opposed, such as fire, police and emergency vehicles, and businesses that sell products and not just food and drink.”
  • Scott Johnson at Mayor Sam’s blog talks CLARTS Funds. The Central Los Angeles Refuge Transfer Station has been the topic of much controversy in the race for CD14, and Johnson details the fund’s history in Northeast L.A. Allegedly the fund has been used to pay CD14 staff salaries, and what Johnson considers the “Smoking Gun” in the debate is the transfer of $250,000 in November, 6, 2014. Johnson says that this is part one of a three part exposé.

The primary elections are on March 3. Get to know the candidates in our Ballot Box 2015 election guide.

Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.

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One comment

  1. I don’t understand what this sentence means:

    “One resident compares El Sereno’s Huntington Drive to Tijuana while others praise him as “accessible and responsive.””

    Maybe I am missing something but it seems that lately posts are being sent out without the author rereading to verify the most basic forms and content…

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