Ballot Box: Molina vows pay cut if elected; a candidate with a Little Tokyo-Boyle Heights connection; contributions adding up



  • Former County Supervisor Gloria Molina said she would take a 50% pay cut if she wins the Council District 14 race and replaces incumbent Jose Huizar, according to a campaign mailer. Molina said she would use the proceeds of the pay cut – L.A. City Council members make about $184,000 a year – to fund other city services, she told the L.A.Times. But Molina, who moved to El Sereno from Mount Washington last year, made the pledge in part because she expects to make $90,000 a year on her county pension, said the L.A. Times. Huizar campaign consultant Parke Skelton said that Molina “shouldn’t be taking a pension if she is working full time for the city.”
  • Gwen Muranaka of The Rafu Shimpo caught up with candidate Nadine Momoyo Diaz in her Boyle Heights headquarters. Diaz, 52, is a third-generation Mexican American and a fourth-generation Japanese American. Currently Diaz lives in Boyle Heights and works for the USC Memory and Aging Center as the recruitment manager. She received her master’s degree in social work from USC and points to Community Redevelopment Agencies, like Eastside Adelante Redevelopment Plan as examples of community input in city politics. The article does a nice job of bridging the Little Tokyo/Boyle Heights connection that Diaz has going for her.
  • Tony Butka from City Watch L.A. recounts an endorsement for Jose Huizar from the Northeast Democrats at a recent meeting. Butka notes several board members on the Northeast Democrats are paid staffers with Councilman Huizar.
  • In his column at L.A. Downtown News Jon Regardie  went over the endorsements for former County Supervisor Gloria Molina, including the one from former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But Regardie asked: “Does it mean anything?”  Regardie goes on to explain that Villaraigosa left office with an unimpressive record and doesn’t really thrill voters. Regardie also went over the numbers for Huizar and Molina, with Huizar standing at $821,000 raised for his campaign and $531,000 cash on hand. Molina was far behind with only $157,000 and $91,000 cash in hand. Not too surprising that Huizar would have such a large lead over Molina.
  • Jose Huizar had a commanding lead in terms of fundraising, based on the financial reports submitted by the candidates as of Jan. 17. Click here for more information from the City Ethics Commission.
Source: City Ethics Commission based on candidate reports filed as of Jan. 17

Source: City Ethics Commission based on candidate reports filed as of Jan. 17

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.

One comment

  1. Who in the hell is Molina pandering to? The people that always opt for the red tag special instead of what they actually want? $90,000 a year isn’t going to do squat. Markdown special political zombies like Villaraigosa, Cedillo and Molina should command less money. Huizar’s district is so nice Molina wanted to live there.

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