The Spanish language newspaper Nuestra Comunidad has endorsed Kevin James for Mayor, Greg Smith for City Attorney, and Dennis Zine for Controller.
The endorsement was published on February 14, 2013 in both English and Spanish. Here's what Nuestra Comunidad had to say of their choices for Los Angeles leadership:
Kevin James Mayor
KEVIN JAMES is an attorney and radio talk show
host. He is not a professional politician. The former assistant U.S.
attorney is a straight-talker and a straight-shooter.
For years, through his talk show, he has listened to concerns of the people of Los Angeles. We believe that James would represent the interests of the people, not political interests or special interests.
He is, in our view, the best candidate for the job.
Greg Smith City Attorney
GREG SMITH, an accomplished trial attorney, might have the makings of an able city attorney. This is for sure:
He would be far different from the incumbent, Carmen Trutanich, who is running for reelection, or former Assembly member Mike Feuer.
Trutanich is a perpetual liar, a blowhard, and a bungler. He is clearly undeserving of his post.
Feuer is seeking election to a job where he would be managing a law office with more than 500 attorneys. Yet, he has never handled a jury trial in either a civil or a criminal case. He not only lacks the credentials in terms of his background, but also in light of his per- sonal characteristics. He is widely viewed as an arrogant know-it-all.
Also in the race is Noel Weiss, whose bid for office is not a serious one.
Smith’s goals are these:
“I am committed to stopping crime before it starts, easing red tape and other barriers
to justice, and targeting discrimination by fostering a robust partnership with community members, educators, and law enforcement across Los Angeles.”
Gary Dominguez, retired chief of the California Highway Patrol, recently declared:
“I am proud to endorse Greg Smith for City Attorney. Greg Smith is a tireless advocate for all of Los Angeles. His record fighting discrimination and corruption and partnering with law enforcement makes him a standout with the right experience to make a difference in the lives of Los Angeles residents.”
Our endorsement, too, goes to Smith.
Dennis Zine City Controller
DENNIS ZINE has been a member of the Los Angeles City Council for the past 12 years.
He chairs the Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee which is charged with ferreting out and finding ways to eliminate wastefulness and inefficiency on city govern- ment.
In light of his background and his bent, Zine is committed to pursuing these very goals as controller.
Zine, a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, is not prone to overlook improprieties in city government. Just last week, the Los Angeles Airport Commission, at Zine’s urging and that of one other City Council member, scrapped a $3.9 million contract awarded without competitive bidding.
Among those endorsing him are Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Congressman Tony Cardenas, City Council members Jose Huizar, Eric Garcetti, and Ed Reyes, Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante, and former Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes.
He has the dedication and the zest to do what the controller should do: guard against spending money where it should not be spent so that more of it can be allocating to doing what helps the people the most.
We urge his election as city controller.