California's Most Powerful Non-Elected Officials? L.A. is Home to Many, Part II
Every year Capitol Weekly releases a list of the 100 most powerful people that are not politicians. These include reporters, state employees and business people. The Weekly has released the second half the list today (first half here). Here are some local notables:Ed Roski: He's the guy who is trying to build a NFL stadium in the City of Industry. "Two years ago, we didn’t even know who Ed Roski was," noted the Weekly. "Now, we know him as the guy who can help move Democrats to suspend the California Environmental Quality Act, and as a savvy political operator who has forged alliances with labor leaders and prominent Democrats." He's the Chairman and CEO Majestic Realty.
Maria Elena Durazo: You often don't hear about the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, but this group can pack a punch and has backed Roski on his stadium and other initiatives. "With close ties to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Durazo has maintained the clout of her organization inside the Capitol," said the Weekly.
Maria Shriver: "That Shriver, a Democrat, has wielded influence over her husband’s governance, is clear, and that alone makes her an important political force."