HOPEFULS SET SIGHTS ON MARCH CANDIDATES FILE PAPERS FOR L.A. COUNCIL SEATS.Byline: Harrison Sheppard Staff Writer
Former Assemblywoman Paula Boland and three other candidates who vied for seats on a 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. city council have filed papers to run for Los Angeles City Council The Los Angeles City Council is the governing body of the City of Los Angeles, California, United States. seats, officials said Thursday.
At least 28 people have filed declarations of intent with the City Clerk's Office to run for seven council seats in the March 4 primary. The deadline for filing is noon Saturday.
Also Thursday, former mayoral candidate and one-time Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. announced he will challenge Councilman Nick Pacheco's re-election bid in the 14th District, which stretches from Eagle Rock to Boyle Heights.
Villaraigosa lost to James Hahn For the Iowa politician, see .
James Kenneth "Jim" Hahn (born July 3, 1950) is an American politician from the Democratic Party. He was the Deputy City Attorney (1975-1979), City Controller (1981-1985), City Attorney (1985-2001) and Mayor of Los Angeles, California in the 2001 mayoral contest, a costly and divisive race between the two Democrats.
If elected to the council, Villaraigosa said he would serve the entire four years of his term, rather than use the seat to set up a rematch against Hahn in the 2005 election.
``I am not interested in running for mayor right now,'' he said.
Already the spring election is shaping up to be a contest with several high-profile newcomers, including two with grudges against Hahn - Villaraigosa and former police Chief Bernard C. Parks Bernard Parks (born December 7, 1943 in Beaumont, Texas) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 8th District in South Los Angeles and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Parks attended Los Angeles City College, received his B.S. , whom Hahn rejected for a second term as chief.
Assemblyman Tony Cardenas Tony Cardenas served in the California State Assembly. In the Assembly, he had the powerful position of chair of the Budget Committee. He is now a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 6th district, which includes parts of the San Fernando Valley. , D-Mission Hills, has filed to run in the East Valley's 6th District, which is being vacated by Councilwoman Ruth Galanter Ruth Galanter was a city councilwoman from Los Angeles. She served as President Pro-Tempore and President of the city council. because of term limits. He will face Valley resident Richard L. Perry and businessman Jose Roy Garcia, who was also a candidate in Tuesday's secession election.
In the race to succeed Councilman Hal Bernson Hal Bernson served as Los Angeles City Councilman for the 12th district. He was chair of the Transportation Committee. Prior to being on the City Council, he served in the Navy.
Robert M. , who is retiring because of term limits, the candidates include Boland, Bernson deputy Greig Smith Greig Smith is a Los Angeles City Councilman, representing the 12th District, which includes Granada Hills, Northridge and other parts of the Western San Fernando Valley. Smith is also a reserve officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. and two candidates who also ran in the secession election, Ken Aslan and Armineh Chelebian. Environmental activist Kim Thompson is also considering running, though she has not filed papers yet.
In the secession election Tuesday, Boland scored a landslide victory in the race for a seat on the council of the proposed Valley city, a much smaller district than a Los Angeles council seat. But her victory was hollow because the cityhood proposal was rejected by city voters, leaving her no office to hold.
Also this week, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel - elected last year to fill out the unexpired term of Joel Wachs, who resigned - filed to run in the March primary for a full four-year term in the East Valley's 2nd District. No one has yet filed to challenge her.
Incumbent Tom LaBonge, elected to fill out the term of the late City Council President John Ferraro, filed to run for a full four-year term in District 4. Derek Milosavljevic, a film executive and producer, also filed a declaration of intent to run in District 4.
Parks will run in the 8th District, where four others have declared themselves candidates: Kevin Melton, Robert Cole, Forescee Hogan-Rowles and Sherri L. Franklin. The post is open because Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas is forced out by term limits and is moving up to the Assembly.
In the 10th District, declared candidates are Assemblyman Roderick ``Rod'' Wright, Leo Terrell, Deron E. Williams, Warren Williams, John Caldwell, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Franklyn Rogers, Marlon K. Guess and Martin Ludlow.
City News Service contributed to this report.