Los Angeles Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski has endorsed Flora Gil Krisiloff to fill Miscikowski’s termed-out council seat.
Miscikowski will complete her final term on the Los Angeles City Council Thursday, June 30th.
She formally endorsed Krisiloff Thursday, January 13th, during a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall.
Krisiloff, a Brentwood community leader and former president of the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, is running in the Los Angeles primary election Tuesday, March 8th, against Bill Rosendahl, a former cable personality and executive, and Angela Reddock, an attorney.
The 11th Council District is the only one of eight in the March 8th primary where no incumbent is running.
Miscikowski said she based the decision to endorse Krisiloff on the candidate’s experience with land use issues and general background, which includes service as a nurse in public health.
“I based it on the fact of her depth and breadth of experience,” Miscikowski said. “She has hands-on experience in the district.”
Krisiloff is the co-founder of the Brentwood Community Council and has served as that council’s only president.
She was president of the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission for four years before stepping down last March.
“She handled and tackled some big items with land use projects,” Miscikowski said. “Every place she’s been as a community person she gets things done.”
The endorsement by Miscikowski was a “big mark of confidence” because the councilwoman is active in the 11th District and knows the district well, Krisiloff said.
“I was thrilled,” she said. “It was not automatic and I didn’t know. “She knows how devoted I am to the community, so it’s a real validation of who I am.”
Krisiloff has known Miscikowski for over 20 years and Miscikowski’s endorsement of Krisiloff was widely expected.
Krisiloff said that while she and Miscikowski have had disagreements over issues — including the proposed Los Angeles International Airport master plan that Miscikowski supports and Krisiloff opposes — she and Miscikowski are “very respectful of each other.”
“She’s been supportive of all my efforts in the community,” Krisiloff said.
Miscikowski said her decision to endorse a specific candidate as her replacement was not easy, making her final pick in the last quarter of the year.
“I was not an immediate endorser,” the councilwoman said. “I wanted to see how each presented themselves as candidates.
“Flora has the grounding and experience in serving community needs.”
OTHER ENDORSEMENTS —Krisiloff has also been endorsed by John Chiang, California State Board of Equalization member; Dorothy Green, founder of Heal the Bay; Bob Hattoy, former president of the Sierra Club; and the Women’s Political Committee.
The news of Miscikowski’s formal support for Krisiloff came as no surprise to Rosendahl.
“Fourteen months ago Cindy said she was nurturing and mentoring a lady in the district,” Rosendahl said. “She had her candidate way back when, and now she’s gone public with it.”
He said that while Krisiloff may have the backing of the 11th District incumbent, the endorsement is a “double-edged sword” because many residents in the district don’t support Miscikowski.
Rosendahl received his ninth endorsement of 15 Los Angeles City Council members Thursday, January 13th, when Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti endorsed Rosendahl.
Rosendahl said he has received a “cross section of endorsements,” including those from Congresswoman Jane Harman, former Los Angeles Councilwoman Ruth Galanter and Sheriff Lee Baca.
Although endorsements are important, the people of the 11th District are not concerned about endorsements, but about the candidates themselves, Rosendahl said.
The third candidate in the race, Reddock, said she agreed with her Rosendahl on this point and that she is “seeking the endorsements of the people.”
“The people are independent-minded in the 11th District,” Reddock said. “I don’t think any one endorsement gives any candidate a sure shot for the seat. The race is open.”