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Local political junkies are slowly turning their attention from last week’s election to the upcoming City Hall races. The Mayor’s race is attracting the most attention due to the high-profile challengers to Mayor Jim Hahn, though both of Hahn’s fellow City-wide elected officials—City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and City Controller Laura Chick—are up for re-election. The seven eight odd-numbered Council districts will also hold elections, with six seven incumbents seeking re-election and Councilmember Cindy Miscikowski of the 11th Council District leaving office due to term limits.

Miscikowski, the veteran of the current City Council, served as a deputy to former Councilmember Marvin Braude for 22 years and was the Executive Director of the Skirball Museum and Cultural Center in Brentwood before running for City Council in 1997. She is well-respected as a planning and land use expert and recently developed a compromise plan for LAX expansion that was approved by her colleagues on the City Council. Miscikowski has expressed interest in the powerful Chief Legislative Analyst position being vacated by Ron Deaton, who is leaving to helm the Department of Water and Power.

The district was reshaped in 2002 by a redistricting commission to become a “coastal district,” merging parts of the old 6th Council District, like Venice, Westchester, and Playa del Rey, with the 11th Council District. Communities in the “new” 11th Council District include those listed above, as well as Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, and Mar Vista.

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The candidates for this open seat are Flora Gil Krisiloff, Chair of the Brentwood Community Council, former nurse, and local activist; Angela Reddock, a Westchester attorney and commissioner on the City’s Board of Transportation; and Bill Rosendahl of Mar Vista, a former Adelphia vice president and local cable public affairs talk show host who stepped down to run for office.

Aside from the Mayor’s race, this will likely be the most interesting and best-reported election in town. LAist, a true political junkie if ever there was one, can’t wait to see what happens.