EDITORIAL : CITY COUNCIL CHOICES.LAURA Laura, subject of the love poems of Petrarch. She is thought to be Laura de Noves (1308?–1348), wife of Hugo de Sade, but this has not been proved.
Petrarch’s perpetual, unattainable love. [Ital. Lit. Chick has earned re-election to the City Council, based on her performance over the past four years.
The Daily News Editorial Board recommends that voters re-elect re·e·lect also re-e·lect
tr.v. re·e·lect·ed, re·e·lect·ing, re·e·lects
To elect again.
re her Tuesday in the 3rd Council District in the west San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. .
Chick pushed for expansion of the LAPD 1. LAPD - Link Access Procedure on the D channel.
2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. , a crackdown on teen-age truancy and many other positive things.
Her vulnerability is that she appears to have a better grasp of the political structure downtown at City Hall than she does of the Valley's own political mind-set - particularly as it has been evolving in the past two years or so, for a school district breakup, perhaps the Valley breaking off from Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , and City Charter reform.
Mort Diamond, Chick's opponent on the ballot, has shown earnestness and drawn the line in support of secession, but he hasn't shown energy or credibility comparable to Chick's.
After this election, we hope Chick will seize the role that's open to her - the crucial task of advancing the interests of her Valley constituents on a new level, so the Valley's point of view gets a better reception from the politicians at City Hall.
Mercer in District 11
IF voters truly want the Tuesday election to make a difference, they will choose Tarzana resident Georgia Mercer in the City Council election in the 11th District.
Mercer is a longtime community activist with a distinguished record of leadership in many programs, from juvenile justice to clean air and from public education to family planning family planning
Use of measures designed to regulate the number and spacing of children within a family, largely to curb population growth and ensure each family’s access to limited resources. .
Although she has worked as a Valley representative of Mayor Richard Riordan Richard J. Riordan (born May 1, 1930) is a Republican politician from California, U.S. who served as the California Secretary of Education from 2003–2005 and as Mayor of Los Angeles from 1993–2001. Riordan ran for Governor of California unsuccessfully in 2002. , she isn't part of the entrenched en·trench also in·trench
v. en·trenched, en·trench·ing, en·trench·es
1. To provide with a trench, especially for the purpose of fortifying or defending.
2. City Hall system that shortchanges residents throughout the city. We believe her first allegiance as a council member would be to the public, not to the political system or the municipal status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. .
This council district stretches from the Valley to the Westside, including much of Woodland Hills, Tarzana and Encino, and parts of Sherman Oaks and Van Nuys. These areas need a representative with broad experience and perspective.
Also running on the ballot is Cindy Miscikowski, longtime deputy to retiring Councilman Marvin Braude. Braude has endorsed Miscikowski.
Miscikowski is a talented and experienced public servant who knows how to get things done in the bureaucracy. But the district isn't calling out for more of the same, it's calling for a shake-up of the system.
Another candidate is Mark Isler, a Van Nuys businessman with a no-nonsense attitude about making local government more effective on all fronts. We agree with Isler on many issues, but his candidacy hasn't generated much fire across the district.
The fourth candidate, Doug Friedman, appears unprepared for the duties of a council member.
Mercer is the most likely to bring actual improvements in the representation of the 11th District, including a better appreciation of the needs of the Valley residents in the district.