Sheriff targets East L.A. pot shops; Joe-Bray Ali keeps campaigning despite controversy; Gov. Jerry Brown weighs in on 34th Congressional District race

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  • Sheriff deputies inspected permits at several pot shops in unincorporated East Los Angeles on Wednesday as the medical marijuana outlets come under greater scrutiny. Officials estimate there are about 16 pot shops in East L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis has said that her constituents have complained about unregulated dispensaries operating near schools and homes. L.A. Weekly
  • First District City Council candidate Joe Bray-Ali has continued his campaign and fired back at critics who say he should drop out of the race against incumbent Gil Cedillo.  Bray-Ali has lost several major endorsements following  revelations about his activity on controversial online forums as well as his personal and business failures.  The runoff election is scheduled for May 16. The First Council District includes all or portions of Angeleno Heights, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Lincoln Heights and Mount Washington KPCC & Daily News
  • Jimmy Gomez, who will face Robert Lee Ahn in a June 6 runoff election, has been endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown in the race to represent the 34the Congressional District . “As a member of the State Assembly, he has successfully worked to expand Paid Family Leave and crack down on the toxic pollution of our neighborhoods,” Brown said in a statement. The 34th Congressional District  includes Boyle Heights, City Terrace, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Northeast L.A., southern Echo Park and other communities
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  1. I’m going to put my two cents and just say now that Jerry Brown has endorsed Jimmy Gomez, I’m definitely going to vote for Robert Ahn. Just because I’m looking at this gas tax hike and realizing just how much its going to suck out of my wallet and now this hike in my car registration fee. I’m a dyed in the wool progressive and support a lot of causes, but I’m also struggling and this is getting ridiculous. I don’t know if Ahn can fix everything, but at least the guy seems to NOT be a professional politician. I’m just so sick of all these guys who are career office chasers. Hey Jimmy, try working two jobs and commuting 2 hours a day and pay that gas bill! *sigh* Man, I wish Bernie won instead of Cheeto Head.

  2. Amanda Yangitz

    Jimmy Gomez is an establishment figure who is just part of the big political machine. His supporters and donors, e.g. private prisons, means he has to answer to special interests. I’ve been following Robert Lee Ahn and seeing a candidate who genuinely cares about community concerns has spurred me to support him. I like that Ahn offers a fresh new voice that isn’t muddled by establishment politics.

  3. Vincent Harrow

    With all due respect, governor Brown, this is the exact same old crap people are so tired of. The cost of being “progressive” in this state is way beyond manageable for most of its population. Will definitely vote for Robert Lee Ahn this upcoming election. Ahn grew up in L.A. and was involved in the community pretty much his entire life. Endorsements are all well and good, but in today’s political climate we need a congressmember that will be 100% focused on the constituence and not his career opportunities, and Jimmy Gomez is definitely not that guy.

  4. I’m voting for Robert Ahn because I just can’t afford the gas tax. I take the metro wherever I can to save money but I still have to drive to make it on time to work! Time to get the professional politicians out of Washington!

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