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What's On The Tuesday March 5 Primary Ballot

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By Diego Rentería

Yes, it is already time to vote again. Los Angeles holds its municipal elections on odd-numbered years, a tradition dating back to 1909. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is termed out, and next Tuesday Los Angeles will take a step toward deciding who will be the next mayor (among other offices!). If you missed registering to vote-by-mail or can’t finding your polling place, see our basic guide for tips.

On March 5, Angelenos will vote for mayor, city attorney, city controller, and determine the fate of two ballot initiatives. Odd-numbered (1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13, and 15) City Council districts, Los Angeles Unified School Board Districts 2, 4, and 6, and Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Seats 2, 4, and 6, are also the March 5 ballot. If you live in those districts, you’ll see those on your ballot! If you want to see a breakdown of each candidate’s campaign finances, check the city's ethics website.

If no candidate receives a majority of the votes on March 5, the top two vote getters in each race will move on to the runoff election on May 21, 2013. On that date, you’ll have the opportunity to vote on medical marijuana dispensaries and other civic goodies. There's still time to register for that election if you missed the deadline for this one!

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The candidates and ballot measures listed below are certified to appear on the March 5 ballot, taken from the City Clerk’s website.

CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES

Yehuda “YJ” Draiman
Current office/occupation: Elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and former real estate developer
Website: www.yjdraimanformayor.org

Eric Garcetti
Current office/occupation: City Councilmember, District 13
Website: www.ericgarcetti.com
Major endorsements: Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, California National Organization of Women, Sierra Club, California Federation of Teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), Howard Dean, Councilmember Ed Reyes, and more

Wendy Greuel
Current office/occupation: City Controller
Website: www.wendygreuel.org/
Major endorsements: Los Angeles Daily News, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18 (union that represents most LADWP workers), U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, Former City Controller Laura Chick, Former City Controller Rick Tuttle, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Councilmember José Huizar, Los Angeles Police Protective League, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and more

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Kevin James
Current office/occupation: Attorney, radio broadcaster, former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Website: www.kevinjamesformayor.com/
Major endorsements: Former Gov. Pete Wilson, Former Mayor Richard Riordan, Former District Attorney Steve Cooley, Republican Party of Los Angeles County, Washington Times

Addie M. Miller
Current office/occupation: Citywide advocate
Website: www.addiemiller.us

Jan Perry
Current office/occupation: City Councilmember, District 9
Website: www.janperry.com
Major endorsements: Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, City Councilmember Bernard Parks, Former City Councilmember Greig Smith, Former City Councilmember Ruth Galanter, Former City Councilmember Nate Holden, George Takei and more

Emanuel Pleitez
Current office/occupation: Technology company executive
Website: www.pleitezforla.com/

Norton Sandler
Current office/occupation: Factory production worker
Website: None filed with City Clerk
Major endorsements: Socialist Workers Party

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CANDIDATES FOR CITY ATTORNEY

Mike Feuer
Current office/occupation: Attorney, Former Assemblyman
Website: votemikefeuer.com/
Major endorsements: Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Congressmember Karen Bass, Congressmember Henry Waxman, Congressmember Judy Chu, Congressmember Tony Cardenas, Congressmember Maxine Waters, Congressmember Adam Schiff, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, California Federation of Teachers, California Nurses Association, UTLA, Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, Los Angeles County Democratic Party, and more

Greg Smith
Current office/occupation: Public safety attorney
Website: http://www.gregsmith2013.com/
Major Endorsements: Los Angeles Daily News and more

Carmen “Nuch” Trutanich
Current office/occupation: Incumbent City Attorney
Website: www.nuch13.com
Major endorsements: Former mayor Richard Riordan, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, City Councilmember Dennis Zine, City Councilmember Jose Huizar, City Councilmember Joe Buscaino and more

Noel Weiss
Current office/occupation: Attorney
Website: poweroverpoliticians.com/

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CANDIDATES FOR CITY CONTROLLER

Jeff Bornstein
Current office/occupation: Business owner
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Cary Brazeman
Current office/occupation: Local company executive
Website: www.carybrazeman.com/
Major Endorsements: Fmr. Congresswoman Diane Watson and more

Ron Galperin
Current office/occupation: Attorney, Efficiency Commissioner/businessman
Website: www.ronforla.com/
Major endorsements: Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, La Opinión, Former City Controller Laura Chick, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, City Councilmember Bernard Parks, Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - AFSCME District Council 36 and more

Analilia Joya
Current office/occupation: Disability advocate/teacher
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Ankur Patel
Current office/occupation: Student/labor organizer
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Dennis P. Zine
Current office/occupation: City Councilmember, District 3; former LAPD officer
Website: www.zineforcontroller.com/ and http://zine.retropassivestaging.com
Major Endorsements: Los Angeles Police Protective League, UFCW Local 770, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Congressmember Karen Bass, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Fmr. Los Angeles District Atty. Steve Cooley and more

BALLOT MEASURES

Proposition A
Title: Neighborhood Public Safety and City Services Funding and Accountability Measure
The issue: “Shall the City of Los Angeles enact a transactions and use tax (generally referred to as a sales tax) of one-half percent?”
What is it? A “yes” vote will increase Los Angeles’ sales tax from 9% to 9.5% and the City’s share of the sales tax will increase to 1.25%. A “no” vote will keep the sales tax at its current rate.
Love it: Estimated revenue from the sales tax increase is $211 million annually. Raising the sales tax will be transferred directly to the City’s General Fund and prevent severe cuts to the fire department, police department, emergency services, and other city services. Supporters argue that the sales tax increase will cost the average Angeleno resident less than 10 cents per day and tourists and visitors will pay their fair share for city services. Supporters include LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Councilmember Bill Rosendahl, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, and LAFD Chief Brian Cummings.
Hate it: Opponents say a sales tax increase is the wrong way to deal with budget deficits, will hurt lower- and middle-class Angelenos the hardest, and will push commerce and businesses to cities with lower sales tax rates. Opponents include the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, La Opinión, Mayor Richard Riordan, Councilmember Bernard Parks, Councilmember and mayoral candidate Jan Perry, and mayoral candidate Kevin James.
More information: SmartVoter.org

Charter Amendment B
Title: Fire and Police Pension Plan: Cost Neutral Purchases of Retirement Credit by Certain Members
The issue: “Shall the Charter be amended to authorize the City Council to allow sworn police personnel who are transferred from the Department of General Services (DGS) to the Police Department (LAPD) to purchase, at their own expense, retirement credit for prior sworn City service after they have become members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan?”
What is it? Police personnel who patrol the Civic Center and city facilities have been under the jurisdiction of the DGS and covered by the City's civilian retirement plan. As of January 2013, the City transferred DGS police personnel to the LAPD, but they are still members of the civilian retirement plan. Transferred officers who subsequently switch to a regular police position may opt to become members of the Fire and Police Pension Plan. A “yes” vote will allow police personnel to transfer their retirement credit from the civilian plan to the Fire and Police Pension Plan. A “no” vote means police personnel will not be allowed to transfer their retirement credit from the civilian plan to the Fire and Police Pension Plan.
Love it: Supporters argue that the costs of transferring credits will be borne by police personnel, not taxpayers. Supporters include LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, Councilmember Joe Buscaino, Councilmember Dennis Zine, Councilmember Mitchell Englander, and City Controller Wendy Greuel.
Hate it: Opponents argue that the city’s pension plans are a drag on city coffers. (No arguments against Charter Amendment LA-B were submitted, according to the League of Women Voters.)
More information: Smartvoter.org

LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL

Candidates for City Council District 1

Gilbert “Gil” Cedillo
Current office/occupation: Former State Assemblymember and State Senator
Website: www.gilcedillo.com/

Jose Gardea
Current office/occupation: Chief of Staff for CD 1 Councilmember Ed Reyes
Website: josegardea2013.com/

Jesus “Jesse” Rosas
Current office/occupation: Notary public, Assistant to Mortgage Lender, Businessman
Website: www.rosas4citycouncil.org/Jesse_Rosas.html

Candidates for City Council District 3

Elizabeth Badger
Current office/occupation: Small business owner
Website: elizabethbadger.com

Bob Blumenfield
Current office/occupation: State Assemblymember
Website: http://www.bobforlacitycouncil.com/

Cary T. Iaccino
Current office/occupation: Independent business owner
Website: http://www.cary.la/

Joyce J. Pearson
Current office/occupation: Certified public accountant and tax attorney
Website: http://www.joycepearson.com/

Steven Presberg
Current office/occupation: Executive Director, Office of Discrimination Complaint Resolution of the City of Los Angeles
Website: http://www.stevenpresbergforlacouncil.com/

Scott Silverstein
Current office/occupation: Businessman/commercial real estate agent
Website: www.scottsilverstein.com

Candidates for City Council District 5

Mark M. Herd
Current office/occupation: Campaign consultant/member of Westwood Neighborhood Council
Website: http://www.voteherd.com/

Paul Koretz
Current office/occupation: Incumbent City Councilmember
Website: www.paulkoretz2013.com/

Candidates for City Council District 7

Jesse David Barron
Current office/occupation: Housing Inspector/Activist
Website: http://jessedavidbarronforcitycouncil.com/

Nicole Chase
Current office/occupation: Development and Marketing Director, Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley
Website: http://www.nicolemchase.com/

Krystee Clark
Current office/occupation: Artist
Website: www.facebook.com/KrysteeClark/

Felipe Fuentes
Current office/occupation: California State Assemblymember
Website: www.felipefuentes.net/

Candidates for City Council District 9

Manuel “Manny” Aldana
Current office/occupation: School Council Boardmember
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Ana Cubas
Current office/occupation: Former Chief of Staff, Councilmember José Huizar
Website: anacubasforcouncil.com/

Michael “Mike” Davis
Current office/occupation: State Assemblymember
Website: http://www.mikedavisforcitycouncil.com/

Ron Gochez
Current office/occupation: High school history teacher
Website: http://www.rongochez.org/

Terry Hara
Current office/occupation: Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
Website: terryharaforcouncil.com/

Curren Price
Current office/occupation: California State Senator
Website: http://www.currenpricejr.com/citycouncil/

David Roberts
Current office/occupation: Community Development Advocate
Website: www.davidrobertsforcouncil.com

Candidates for City Council District 11

Mike Bonin
Current office/occupation: Chief Deputy to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Website: http://mikebonin.com/

Odysseus Bostick
Current office/occupation: Teacher
Website: http://www.bostick4la.com/

Tina Hess
Current office/occupation: Prosecutor
Website: http://hessforcouncil.com/

Frederick Sutton
Current office/occupation: Community Advocate
Website: http://www.fredericksutton.com

Candidates for City Council District 13

John Choi
Current office/occupation: Commissioner/Community Organizer
Website: http://www.johnchoi2013.com/

Alexander Cruz de Ocampo
Current office/occupation: Charitable Foundation Director
Website: www.alexdeocampo.com

Roberto Haraldson
Current office/occupation: Small business owner
Website: www.robertoharaldson.com

Sam Kbushyan
Current office/occupation: Neighborhood Council Boardmember
Website: www.sam2013.com/

Emile Mack
Current office/occupation: Assistant Fire Chief
Website: www.emilemackforcouncil.com

Robert Negrete
Current office/occupation: Senator’s District Director
Website: http://www.negrete4council.com/

Mitch O’Farrell
Current office/occupation: Councilmember’s Senior Advisor
Website: www.mitchforcitycouncil.org/

Octavio Pescador
Current office/occupation: University Professor
Website: www.octaviopescador.com/

Josh Post
Current office/occupation: Deputy Attorney General
Website: www.joshpost.com/

Michael Shaefer
Current office/occupation: Small business owner
Website: www.mike4council13.com/

Jose Sigala
Current office/occupation: Neighborhood Council President
Website: www.josesigala.com

Matt Szabo
Current office/occupation: Deputy Mayor
Website: http://www.voteszabo.com/

Candidates for City Council District 15

Joe Buscaino
Current office/occupation: Incumbent City Councilmember
Website: www.joebuscaino.com/

James T. Law
Current office/occupation: Minister/Disability Advocate
Website: www.jamestlaw.com/

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD RACES

Candidates for Board District 2

Abelardo Diaz
Current office/occupation: High School Teacher
Website: http://www.abelardodiazforschoolboard.org

Monica Garcia
Current office/occupation: Member of the Board of Education
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Annamarie Montañez
Current office/occupation: Teacher/Doctoral Candidate
Website: www.montanez4lausd.com/

Robert D. Skeels
Current office/occupation: Educator/Education Research
Website: www.robertdskeelsforschoolboard.org

Isabel Vazquez
Current office/occupation: Teacher/Community Advocate
Website: http://isabelforschoolboard2013.com/

Candidates for Board District 4

Kate Anderson
Current office/occupation: Parent/Child Advocate
Website: www.kateanderson.org/

Steve Zimmer
Current office/occupation: School Boardmember/Teacher
Website: http://stevezimmer2013.nationbuilder.com/

Candidates for Board District 6

Maria Cano
Current office/occupation: Education Advocate/Organizer
Website: http://mariacano4schoolboard.org/

Monica Ratliff
Current office/occupation: Fifth Grade Teacher
Website: http://monicaratliff2013.nationbuilder.com/

Antonio Sanchez
Current office/occupation: Educator/Community Organizer
Website: http://www.antonio4schools.com/

LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

Candidates for Member of the Board of Trustees, Seat No. 2

John C. Burke
Current office/occupation: College Accounting Professor
Website: www.votejohncburke.org/

Mike Eng
Current office/occupation: College Teacher/Legislator
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Candidates for Member of the Board of Trustees, Seat No. 4

Josef “Joe” Thomas Essavi
Current office/occupation: Los Angeles County Commissioner
Website: http://www.jozef4college.com/

Ernest Henry Moreno
Current office/occupation: Retired College President
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Candidates for Member of the Board of Trustees, Seat No. 6

Michael “Mike” Aldapa
Current office/occupation: Community Organizer
Website: None filed with City Clerk

Tom Oliver
Current office/occupation: Retired College President
Website: www.electtomoliver.com/

Nancy Pearlman
Current office/occupation: Community College Trustee
Website: http://www.nancypearlman.net/

David Vela
Current office/occupation: School Board Member
Website: www.electdavidvela.com/

Phew.

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