Ballot Box: Huizar and special interests; Molina’s legacy; don’t forget to vote on Tuesday


Cue The Doors This is The End as we enter the final stretch before Tuesday’s elections.  This round of Ballot Box will look at the details from last week’s debate at Cal State L.A. and a few more lines about billboards.

  • The L.A. Times summarizes the February 18 debate at Cal State L.A. Gloria Molina made efforts to paint Councilman Jose Huizar as being too cozy with parties outside of City Hall. “The [city] budget is really controlled by a lot of special interests — everybody taking care of everybody else, except for the taxpayer,” said Molina.
  • Tony Castro at Voxxi.com questions if Gloria Molina is tarnishing her reputation with the race for CD14. Not only has Molina overestimated her own political power, she also underestimated Huizar’s sway in his district. “The 14th district is also only a small slice of the vast supervisorial district that Molina represented for 23 years, meaning this is likely better identified as Huizar’s back yard than hers,” says Castro.
  • Councilman Huizar says he wants stricter sign regulations. But there also happens to be contributions from Lamar Advertising, a Louisiana based firm, to Huizar’s campaign. Or more accurately billboards in support of his reelection campaign according to Dakota Smith over at The Daily News. “Lamar has also put up signs supporting five other City Council candidates: Nury Martinez, Mitch Englander, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Paul Krekorian and Herb Wesson.”

The primary elections are on Tuesday March 3. Polls open will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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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.


  1. What a waste of paper! For the last several weeks, an extreme amount of candidate flyers. What a waste of natural resources!

    • Exactly! Please vote for the one who did not send out all those fliers! Andrew Thomas! The reason so many fliers were sent out is because CCSA (CA Charter Schools Association) for Ref and UTLA for Bennett are paying big money to control the board with outside interests. More in the post below. I hope you will still vote!

  2. The school board election today is very important and can really change the way schools are run. You are probably already aware, there are 3 candidates and received tons of mailers from 2 of them. That is because CCSA (CA Charter School Association) and UTLA are funding them, Ref Rodriguez and Bennett Kayser, respectively. Since they are affiliated and supported by these, the money trail will follow them into the board room, making their decisions not in the interests of families, but their organizations. The 3rd candidate is Andrew Thomas. I met him, read up on him, and watched the debates. He raised his own money and he is truly representing families with no one to answer to. He lives in the area and has kids at Marshall. I just wanted to share this info and send this link to the article in the LA Times which explains it much better. Also, if you are still unsure, you can watch the debates for yourself. No matter what, I hope you vote today! They are expecting 13% turnout and even less voters vote for school board. Please spread the word! Thank you!!

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