The standing-room only event was well-attended with a crowd estimated to be in the region of 120, comprising prominent members of the defense bar including Host Committee members Michael Goldstein, Sam Solakyan, Richard Chacon, Alison Triessl, Percy Duran Sr., Steven Bernhein, Jeffrey Vallens, David S. Kestenbaum, Rabb Mahoney, Robert Schwartz, Arcand Naderi, Gina Di Domenico and Laura Stone.
There was also a strong showing of judicial officers including the Hon. Judge Peter Espinosa, and a large number of Deputy District Attorneys. Also in attendance were LAUSD School Board President Monica Garcia, SEIU Executive Board Member Bianca Gomez, and Actor Romeo Miller. An eclectic mix of supporters and one representative of Lacey's 'wide appeal and broad range of support,' said Micheal Goldstein who played a central role in organizing the event.
District Attorney Steve Cooley's support for Lacey as 'most qualified' to replace him when he steps down after a record three terms as LA's chief prosecutor is well known. Tonight, however, he delegated the task of introducing Lacey to his daughter, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Cooley. Shannon spoke passionately about Lacey's candidacy and her oratory left little doubt that she has learned well from the master of the short, succinct introduction.
The capacity crowded room then enthusiastically welcomed Lacey who spoke of the many successes she has achieved in her campaign, including an ever-growing list of endorsements from law enforcement, political and labor groups. Lacey also delighted the crowd by speaking briefly and directly to the task at hand; campaigning fearlessly and tirelessly over the remaining weeks before the election.
It was Host Committee Chair Michael Goldstein who spoke even more directly to the issue; 'Max-out your contributions!' Goldstein said. Judging by the resounding cheer at Goldstein's words, it was a suggestion that was embraced by the crowd.
Flamboyant complex litigation attorney Steven Jay Bernheim, Prinicpal of the Beverly Hills based Berheim Law Firm, then stunned the audience by telling them that he wasn't going to give a penny to Lacey. That was because he had already maxed-out, and he urged others in the room to do the same.
The Foundry's celebrity chef, Eric Greenspan's contribution to the success of the event, beyond providing the stylish and dynamic venue for the fundraiser, was to supply the crowd with a seemingly never ending selection of delicious food from The Foundry's lounge menu. If you haven't tasted his signature grilled cheese sandwich, you don't know what you are missing.
The message from Lacey and her supporters was clear; the task at hand for the remainder of the campaign is to raise money to mount the kind of campaign that will propel Lacey from her current position as the number two in the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation, to the number one slot. There was no doubt whatsoever that the strong support evinced by the crowd at The Foundry shows that they are committed and determined to doing that.