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Vote Tuesday

The Times' picks for mayor, city attorney, controller, other offices and five ballot measures.

March 02, 2009

It's almost time to vote again. Los Angeles voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect a mayor, city controller, city attorney and half the City Council, school board and community college trustees. Our recommendations:

Mayor: Antonio Villaraigosa. He has yet to reach his potential as mayor, but he has moved the city forward, and none of the nine challengers presents a compelling case for changing direction.City Attorney: Carmen Trutanich. He'll be an independent city attorney focused on serving the people of Los Angeles.

Controller: Wendy Greuel. She is the best candidate to succeed Laura Chick because of her knowledge of City Hall's inner workings.

City Council, 5th District: Ron Galperin. Good for his district and good for the city.

Measure A (authorize an "independent assessor" to report to the Board of Fire Commissioners): Yes. The new position will help fix the Fire Department's personnel problems.

Measure B (solar power and job training): No. Solar power is good for the city but has nothing to do with amending the City Charter or locking out the private sector. This attempt to short-circuit the legislative process should not be permitted.

Measure C (technical changes to police and fire pensions): Yes.

Measure D (technical changes to police and fire pensions): Yes.

Measure E (city incentives to businesses): No. Encouraging business to come to Los Angeles does not require granting vast new powers to the City Council.

Los Angeles Unified School District Board, District 4: Mike Stryer. Business acumen and a focus on students make him the best choice.

LAUSD Board, District 6: Nury Martinez. She'll be a strong advocate for student safety and parental involvement.

Los Angeles Community College District Board, Seat 2: Angela J. Reddock. A good start as an appointed trustee has earned Reddock a full term.

LACCD Board, Seat 4: Kelly Candaele. He may be the college board's best trustee.

LACCD Board, Seat 6: Jozef Essavi. He is more focused than the incumbent on student success.

LACCD Board, Seat 7: Kurt S. Lowry. His devotion as a school administrator will stand him in good stead overseeing the college district.


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