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53rd Assembly District election Tues., Sept. 13th could be up for grabs because of low turnout

There may be a larger turnout for the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council election this weekend — Saturday and Sunday, September 10th and 11th — than for the open primary in the 53rd Assembly District Tuesday, September 13th. As we write, the Grass Roots Venice Neighborhood Council election has drawn 54 candidates. In the Assembly race, five candidates are seeking to replace the late Assemblyman Mike Gordon in the 53rd District. Make that six if you count the names of candidates who will be on the ballot. Folks who are supposed to be “in the know” are telling us that the turnout in the 53rd Assembly District could be as low as ten percent and probably not any higher than 15 to 18 percent. Voters can vote for any of the six candidates on the ballot regardless of the party affiliation of the voter. If none of the six candidates gets 50 percent plus one vote Tuesday, there will be a runoff among the top vote-getters in each of the political parties Tuesday, November 8th. That means that Democrat Ted Lieu and Peace and Freedom candidate James Smith have already qualified for a November 8th runoff in the 53rd Assembly District, should an election be necessary because each is the only candidate of his political party in the primary. We won’t even begin to comment on what will happen...

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Mayor’s choice of Val Velasco for airport commission great for those who live, work near LAX

Playa del Rey attorney Val Velasco’s nomination to the City of Los Angeles Board of Airport Commission still has to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council. So, we shouldn’t get too excited quite yet. But, count us among the many who are absolutely ecstatic about the thought that Velasco will be representing the communities near LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on the airport commission. Opponents who want to ram through the dreadful airport expansion plan of former Mayor Jim Hahn and former Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski are trying to rev up criticism that since Velasco heads one of the entities suing the city to stop LAX expansion that she can’t serve on the LAX airport board. But word is already leaking out this week that many of the plaintiffs in the suit against the city are already negotiating details that might eliminate the need for the suits. It will be interesting to see how much members of the City Council are going to want to oppose a new mayor who has come out of the box running — and gathering lots and lots of support everywhere he turns up. Too, Velasco-fan Councilman Bill Rosendahl has hardly been a wallflower during his first few weeks on the Council. Some day the recent campaign for the 11th District council seat will have to end, but we do remind everyone that...

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Soboroff offers lots of tidbits on Playa Vista during hour tour

Steve Soboroff, president of Playa Capital Company LLC — developer of Playa Vista — gave us an update tour of Playa Vista this week. It took most of an hour for Soboroff to navigate us through the project. Among the updates we learned: – 3,200 units have been completed and more than 4,000 people now live in Playa Vista. – There are still about 1,200 units to be built. – In The Village — the second phase of Playa Vista — residential units and above-ground-floor retail will have what Sobo- roff calls “a senior component” because “seniors want to be near retail.” – The demand for Playa Vista units has been “incredible”; KB Home has received 6,400 applications for its 61 available units in The Lofts. – The interest in Playa Vista is not only in residential; shopping center developer Rick Caruso — who is now refurbishing the Waterside Marina Shopping Center in the Marina and who will build a major retail project in The Village — has five tenants in line for each of the tenant spaces available. – Many of the mixed-use projects are moving forward, with retail on the ground floor and residential units above; near Concert Park, Soboroff showed us The Lofts ground floor, where a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a Bank of America, and an environmentally-oriented dry cleaner are planned. – Soboroff is...

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Soboroff offers lots of tidbits on Playa Vista during hour tour

Steve Soboroff, president of Playa Capital Company LLC — developer of Playa Vista — gave us an update tour of Playa Vista this week. It took most of an hour for Soboroff to navigate us through the project. Among the updates we learned: n 3,200 units have been completed and more than 4,000 people now live in Playa Vista. n There are still about 1,200 units to be built. n In The Village — the second phase of Playa Vista — residential units and above-ground-floor retail will have what Sobo- roff calls “a senior component” because “seniors want to be near retail.” n The demand for Playa Vista units has been “incredible”; KB Home has received 6,400 applications for its 61 available units in The Lofts. n The interest in Playa Vista is not only in residential; shopping center developer Rick Caruso — who is now refurbishing the Waterside Marina Shopping Center in the Marina and who will build a major retail project in The Village — has five tenants in line for each of the tenant spaces available. n Many of the mixed-use projects are moving forward, with retail on the ground floor and residential units above; near Concert Park, Soboroff showed us The Lofts ground floor, where a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a Bank of America, and an environmentally-oriented dry cleaner are planned. n Soboroff is...

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City clerk releases official numbers for L.A. primary

It’s official. The Los Angeles city clerk Saturday, March 26th, reported official results of the Los Angeles City Council 11th District primary election held Tuesday, March 8th. The council district has 152,007 registered voters, but only 27 percent of them voted in the 11th Council District primary. Bill Rosendahl got 18,274 votes — 42.62 percent; Flora Gil Krisiloff got 17,088 votes — 41.72 percent; and Angela Reddock got 5,597 votes — 13.66 percent. Only 1,186 votes separated Rosendahl and Krisiloff. Rosendahl missed outright election in the primary by 2,206 votes. He needed 20,480 to have gained 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff Tuesday, May 17th. MEETING RICK TAYLOR — We finally met Krisiloff’s campaign consultant, Rick Taylor, last week. We had expected the worst — an angry, mean-spirited, hatchet man whose fame has been fueled by his successful campaign hit pieces. What we found instead was a real charmer. Lunch with campaign consultant Rick Taylor was one of the most stimulating 90 minutes we’ve had in recent memory. Rather than playing it close to the chest, Taylor opened up and shared his political experience, his political thoughts and even his personal life with us in wild abandonment. Our chubby little fingers were writing as fast as they could as Taylor offered his thoughts on the pre-primary, the primary and now the pre-runoff segments of this Los...

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