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Les Greenberg Says:
Ms. Bunker: Without amending the Procedures that this Council adopted in November 2013, the Council has absolutely no authority to modify the parking restrictions on Farragut to do a "parking study" or otherwise. The "parking study" authorizes the modification of the parking restrictions. The Council changed the Procedures to get authority. The Brown Act requires that the Council give notice that it intended to change the Procedures. Nothing like that was on the agenda. If it were, thousands of irate residents would have appeared at the hearing.
Ava swartz Says:
We need to file a class action lawsuit against the FTA because low flying jets every 60 seconds day and night is an outrageous violation of the quiet enjoyment of our property. Never before (even living between two airports in NYC) have I ever experienced such noise. I hear planes between midnight and 6:00 am as well!
GENEVIEVE GILBERT-ROLFE Says:
To be clear and honest: Daniel Lee won the most votes from the student straw poll, Meghan Sahli-Wells came in second and Scott came in third. Your headline is misleading. Please print a correction!
Kathleen Bunker Says:
All the council did was vote on a traffic study for the street Mr. Greenberg lives on and the impact on surrounding streets,which by the way is tremendous. This is not illegal as stated by the city attorney.
Daniel W Lee Says:
I'm not sure third place is winning the "Ask to Know" forum. If you follow the official results I came in first. Meghan Sahli-Wells came in second and Scott a respectable but not winning third.
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Gary Willens Says:
Does anyone remember if the Red Riding Stables were on the side of Slauson Ave that the Fox Hills Mall is on? My friend says it was across the street but I think they were thinking of the one on Jefferson.
Carlene Brown Says:
I will not restate what has been beautifully expressed by Disa Lindgren, Michelle Weiner, Rebecca Rona-Tuttle, and Daniel Lee, as I wholeheartedly agree with all of them. I also agree with F.P's comment that Jewett Walker, a paid consultant for at least one of the candidates, should not have been the only person quoted in this story. I also take issue with the fact that Mr. Walker referred only to issues addressed on candidate websites and that he did not mention anything candidates said in forums. I take issue with the Culver City News for sidelining the endorsement from the Culver City Democratic Club and for not publishing and printing the Press Release submitted by the club president.
Disa Lindgren Says:
Every election is important, but this one is especially consequential, because the decisions made by the Culver City Council members that are seated on the dias after the campaign season is over will make decisions that have a lasting impact on this community and the region. On the eve of our 100 year anniversary, Culver City is at a pivotal moment because of the convergence of environmental issues (among them the threat posed by the Baldwin Hills Oilfield, the need to develop a strong Sustainability Plan for the City, choosing smart development instead of anything-goes-development, addressing the health and safety risks of excessive motorized traffic), prioritizing solutions to address the problems of income inequality in our community (adopting a $15/minimum wage, increasing the availability of affordable housing and paying attention to renters as well as homeowners, fighting more purposefully to close the achievement gap in our schools, and assuring that people without homes find permanent housing along with other needed supports), while making sure to adopt budgetary policies that keep the City on sound financial footing (there will be big demands on our budget; we need innovative thinkers to help meet needs without compromising our values--caring about our residents and neighborhoods as well as businesses, valuing the arts and civic engagement, transparency and fairness).
Meghan Sahli-Wells had proved her mettle as an effective community organizer but encountered many naysayers while campaigning before she was elected to our Council. Now she is widely respected as a principled and successful elected official, as she should be.
Daniel Lee has similarly proven himself as an effective grassroots activist (see this piece for examples: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/14/1485361/-Daniel-Lee-A-grassroots-activists-positions-himself-to-make-a-difference) and is uniquely qualified to serve on our City Council. He has a B.A. in Cinematic Arts from USC and a Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA. In addition to his involvement as a political and social activist on the local, regional and national scenes, Daniel Lee serves on the Board of Move to Amend, a national organization dedicated to the principle that "money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights."
Daniel Lee would bring his valuable perspective and solutions-oriented focus to meeting the challenges of the day and taking advantages of opportunities that our City has yet to embrace. He has very good ideas about engaging members of our community all over town, working on a regional level to solve problems and putting Culver City on the map as the go-to leader among cities in Southern CA when it comes to sustainability, in particular.
Daniel Lee is the genuine article, a man of integrity and committed to service. He is a good listener and knows how to work collaboratively, but he also takes initiative and is out in front on issues where others tend to be followers.
Daniel Lee's Kick-Off event was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of over 80 at the home of Kelly Kent, Ph.D., and his recent fundraiser at the Mayme Clayton Museum and Library ended up as a standing room only event. He definitely generates enthusiasm, from all kinds of folks from young adults to elders.
For the record, I am supporting Meghan Sahli-Wells, Thomas Small (whose background and special expertise regarding sustainable design and development are just what we need) and Daniel Lee.
This is no ordinary time, and I have no doubt that all three of these candidates will distinguish themselves as Councilmembers and do Culver City proud!
Michelle Weiner Says:
According to Jewett, all candidates must do what all winning contenders do. â€śYou still have to run a good campaign,â€ť he said. â€śYou can have all the mailers in the world and all of the endorsements, but in the end you have to run a good campaign. â€śElections are won by the people who run the best campaigns.â€ť What are the elements of a "good campaign"?
The main element is reaching voters with a compelling message about who the candidate is, what values they represent, and what they would like to accomplish once elected. The candidate does this by meeting voters at every opportunity, and one way to "meet" voters is to send mailings. Another way is to announce key endorsements, because they are a way of telegraphing to voters whom like-minded individuals are supporting. Jewett loses credibility by touting the Chamber of Commerce's endorsement, yet omitting the key endorsements from the Democratic Club and the LA County Democratic Party given to Daniel Lee, Thomas Small and Council Member Meghan Sahli- Wells. Jewett defines a significant endorsement as one that "gives them a fundraising base and an air of legitimacy",as well as being able to provide a mailer. The historic Culver City Democratic Club and the LA County Democratic Party meet these criteria, and candidates are typically quite pleased and proud to win their endorsement.
Having heard all the candidates at two recent forums, its difficult to understand how Mr. Walker reaches certain conclusions about Daniel Lee, who delivers his message about protecting the environment, and his devotion to public service with intelligence, grace, wit, and a bit of humor.
Mr. Walker is a paid consultant to the campaign of Thomas Small. Therefore, he is hardly an objective contributor to any story about the City Council race. I am greatly troubled by the fact that his is the only voice in this article, and that his affiliation to one candidate is not stated, so the readership is given full and fair disclosure. Without this, the story is nothing more than political propaganda -- far below the standards of this good newspaper. I hope the Culver City News issues a clarification on this extremely important point.
Rebecca Rona-Tuttle Says:
While I agree with Mr. Jewett Walker about many of his statements, I strongly disagree with his assessment of Daniel Lee.
Clearly he was missing crucial points about Mr. Lee. First: Daniel Lee is a strong environmentalist who intends to protect Culver City residents from the dangers of the Inglewood Oil Field, particularly fracking. He has a record of accomplishment in the environmental arena regionally.
Second: Daniel Lee has been a strong leader regionally and nationally, particularly on matters of Constitutional rights. This gives a clear indication of his potential to lead effectively on our City Council. And all this is in addition to his generous contributions on the Culver City Martin Luther King Celebration Committee and the years of volunteer work he has done with Culver City youth in the classroom and the Teen Center.
Regarding Mr. Jewett Walker's other statements, I certainly agree that Ms. Meghan Sahli-Wells has served this community effectively, with great commitment and intelligence, and deserves to be re-elected.
And I agree with Mr. Walker that Mr. Thomas Small's unique expertise in the areas of sustainable design, environmental building practices and conscientious development are just what we as a city need to respond to the challenges of 10 new development projects on the horizon and perhaps others to come. And that his strong ties to the cultural, architectural, education and business communities would be tremendous assets to Culver City.
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