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Los Angeles County, CA September 22, 2009 Election
Council Member; City of Los Angeles; District 2 Voter Information

Term Ending 2011.

Results as of Oct 7 1:47pm

Runoff Election 12/8/2009

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Paul Krekorian Click here for more information about this candidate 5,615 votes 34.5%

  • Occupation: San Fernando Valley Assemblymember
  • Public Safety
  • Job Creation/Economic Development
  • Environmental Stewardship
Christine Essel 4,577 votes 28.1%
  • Occupation: Businesswoman/Neighborhood Advocate
Tamar Galatzan 2,128 votes 13.1%
  • Occupation: Criminal Prosecutor
Mary Benson 1,392 votes 8.5%
  • Occupation: Boardmember, Neighborhood Council
Pete Sanchez Click here for more information about this candidate 796 votes 4.9%
  • Occupation: Community Organizer
  • Claims Audit Manager
  • President Valley Village Homeowners Association
  • Past President Neighborhood Council Valley Village
  • City finances and budget
  • Responsible Development, infrastructure improvement, and preserving community character
  • Attract business to Los Angeles and bring the Entertainment Industry back our city.
Frank Sheftel Click here for more information about this candidate 497 votes 3.1%
  • Occupation: Candy Factory Owner
  • Local Schools, Madison Jr. Grant High & Valley College
  • Bar Mitzvah 1974 in North Hollywood
  • The Thalians Board of Directors 10 years
  • Academy of New Musical Theatre Board of Direstors
  • Endorsed by LA Daily News- Candidate for New Valley City.
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Accessibility
David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg Click here for more information about this candidate 475 votes 2.9%
  • Occupation: Zuma Dogg, :Public Advocate
  • Attended over a year's worth of council meetings without missing one. Longer streak than anyone in the city. I know what's been happening at Council.
  • Work experience includes trailblazing carreer in competitive, big-budget radio/record industry where I managed major staffs across U.S.
  • I'm proud that corporate America recognized my ability to manage major radio stations, eventually taking me to New York City. (Results!)
  • Trained in "Methods for Management of Quality & Productivity" and have been recognized by Dr. Deming and corporate CEOs for my interpretation.
  • IMMEDIATE ISSUE: Pension and budget issues which puts EVERYTHING else (jobs, sevices and public safety) at risk.
  • We have allowed City Hall to take the ball away from us. We need to take it back. I will create "community infrastructure" to facilitate goals.
  • Public pressure cannot be under estimated. It's all you have: Your Voice. I'll help amplify it for the community and will facilitate your NC goals.
Michael McCue Click here for more information about this candidate 380 votes 2.3%
  • Occupation: Boardmember, Neighborhood Council
  • Clean money elections
  • Rate payer advocate for the DWP
  • Establish a collections sherriff attached to the City Attorney's Office
Jozef Thomas "Joe" Essavi Click here for more information about this candidate 350 votes 2.1%
  • Occupation: Los Angeles County Commissioner
  • Neighborhood Council Member
  • Small Business Owner, Youth Mentor
  • Controller for Non Profit Association
  • Vice Chair: Planning and Land Use, Zoning Committee
  • BA UC Riverside, MA CSUN, Education Reformer
  • LA Times past endorsement, Candidate for LACCD
  • Take an annual $90, 000 pay cut as your Council Member. Cutting business taxes and fees, create jobs through business friendly policies
  • Protecting Prop 13 taxpayer protections, Protect and keep green environment
  • More Police, Strengthen Neighborhood Council System, Cutting waste and abuse
Augusto Bisani Click here for more information about this candidate 84 votes 0.5%
  • Occupation: Businessman/Business Owner

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Candidate Videos & Transcripts

Benson video, transcript
Bisani video, transcript
Essavi video, transcript
Essel video, transcript
Galatzan video, transcript
Krekorian video, transcript
McCue video, transcript
Saltsburg video, transcript
Sanchez video, transcript
Sheftel video, transcript
Campaign Finance Data

L.A. City Ethics Commission
News and Analysis

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Nonpartisan Information

CD2 Special Election Blog
Candidate Forums

date: Tuesday August 4, 2009
time: 6:30pm
place: All Nations Church, 10000 Foothill Bl, Lake View Terrace
sponsors: Los Angeles Horse Council

date: Saturday August 8, 2009
time: Meet & Greet 1-2pm; Forum 2-4:30 pm
place: North Valley City Hall, 7747 Foothill Bl, Tujunga
co-sponsors: Sunland-Tujunga Alliance; Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council
co-moderators: Ron Kaye; Jill Stewart

date: Tuesday August 18, 2009
time: Meet and Greet 6:30pm; Forum 7:00pm
place: Laurel Hall School, Parish Hall, 11909 Oxnard St.
co-sponsors: Valley Glen Neighborhood Association; Laurel Grove Neighborhood Association; Valley Village Homeowners Association

date: Friday August 21, 2009
time: 7:45-10am
place: Sportsman's Lodge, 10700 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
sponsors: Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)
cost: free for VICA Circle of Influence Members, others pay $20
info/rsvp: 818 817-0545

date: Wednesday August 26, 2009
time: 7:00 p.m.
place: Colfax Elementary
sponsors: Neighborhood Council Valley Village

date: Wednesday August 19, 2009
time: Meet & Greet 6:15pm
place: Notre Dame High School at Woodman & Riverside
sponsors: Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association

date: Monday September 14, 2009
time: 6:30pm
place: Sherman Oaks Elementary School Auditorium
sponsors: Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
info: (818) 990-4002 or

date: Wednesday September 16, 2009
time: 7:15pm
place: Notre Dame High School at Woodman & Riverside
sponsors: Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association
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