Monday, February 25, 2013

Endorsements For March 5th: VOTE NAKED!

That's right, you heard me, vote naked. As in fill out your absentee ballot in the comfort of your own living room and mail that sucker in before Friday, March 1st.

Don't have an absentee ballot? Can't make get it to the mail box in time? No problem! Polls are open Tuesday, March 5th from 7am-8pm.

If you don't know where your polling place is, go to and type in your address to find out.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, here are the Venice For Change endorsements for the March 5th Los Angeles Municipal elections!

Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel

I find it very telling that whenever a supporter of Greuel or Garcetti tries to sell me on the virtues of their chosen candidate, the first thing they say is how much they like the other candidate. There's a reason for this - either would provide far better leadership for the next eight years than Los Angeles has had for the past eight. If elected, Wendy Greuel would be the first woman mayor of Los Angeles, no small thing when you consider we may end up with NO women on the LA City Council come June. Her resume goes back decades to Tom Bradley. She's competent, knowledgeable, ambitious, a great manager, and from everyone I've talked to, works harder than just about anyone in LA City government. She has the backing of many who already serve in City Hall. Conventional wisdom says Greuel is more business friendly than Garcetti - she's arguably more conservative when it comes to issues such as tenant rights.

Greuel has been endorsed by the LA Daily News.

Of the two, Eric Garcetti is considered the "vision candidate", with ambitious plans for developing a greener, more public transportation and tech-sector-friendly economy for Los Angeles. But as president of the LA City Council, Garcetti has had deal with a harsher reality, steering our city through the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Doing so meant successfully renegotiating contracts with labor unions which serve our city - a difficult task that's cost him politically (IBEW Local 18 - the union which represents 8,000 employees of the LA Department of Water and Power - is reported to have spent over $750K in support of Wendy Greuel).

After sitting on the LA City council for a dozen years, Garcetti is hardly an outsider, but without the support of LA's Political Class, he's relying on the same kind of grassroots organizing perfected by the Obama presidential campaigns to make the difference in his own campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles. As an early supporter of President Obama (he signed on in 2007, and was active in Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns), Garcetti has the support of many (although not all) of Los Angeles' grassroots Obama organizers. If elected, I expect Garcetti will continue to harness the power of community organizing in governing Los Angeles.

Garcetti has been endorsed by the LA Times. and La Opinion

Mike Feuer

Ron Galperin

Mike Bonin

No Endorsement

Seat 2: Mike Eng
Seat 4: No Endorsement
Seat 6: David Vela


A quick word on Measure A - while I'm normally a proponent of increasing revenue, Measure A is an ill-conceived regressive sales tax which would disproportionally burden those in the lowest income brackets. Worse, it's being proposed as candidates running for Mayor are promising to eliminate the city's gross receipts tax for businesses. So if Measure A passes, it would essentially shift a $200 million tax burden from businesses to the backs of lower and middle-income Angelenos.

This is not a smart way to close Los Angeles' budget gap. Once a new Mayor is elected, he or she will have a year to renegotiate contracts with the City's service employees as well as evaluate alternative revenue streams. Then, and only then, should the city consider coming to tax payers for additional help.

No Endorsement

Behind The Scenes At ABC-TV "Castle"

And now for something completely different from my "day job"........

Ever wonder what goes into all the quality entertainment you've come to expect week after week from ABC-TV's "Castle"?

Well, director Rob Bowman provides a sneak peak from tonight's episode of "Hunt"

Castle Movie Magic! from Marta Evry on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mike Bonin For LA City Council - The Best Candidate To Get Us Through The Zombie Apocalypse!

A few weeks ago, at a house party for LA City Council candidate Mike Bonin, a friend asked me why I was supporting Mike over the three other candidates running to replace Bill Rosendahl.

"That's easy," I told him. "He's the best candidate to get us through the Zombie Apocalypse."

Before you think I've lost my mind, let me explain :)

I've known Mike since I first became active in local politics in 2003. Back then our relationship was cordial, if distant - sometimes we weren't always on the same side of issues.

All that changed in 2008 when we became co-regional field organizers for the Obama campaign. Together we managed hundreds of volunteers who made hundreds of thousands of phone calls to voters all over the country. It was a massive operation unlike anything either of us had experienced - it took everything we had and then some to get through it.

Then election night happened. As the rest of us celebrated Barack Obama's victory, I'll never forget the look on Mike's face when he realized Proposition 8 had passed, and with it his rights to marry.

It would have been easy for Mike to give in to despair and cynicism, but that's not what happened. What happened was this - Mike organized.

First, Mike helped create and run Camp Courage - workshops teaching activists how to talk about and organize for marriage equality. Then he took the show on the road - to Fresno and Sacramento, San Diego and Oakland, East LA and Washington DC. Activists trained in these workshops organized their own networks, taking the fight for marriage equality to states all over the country.

Then another election night happened. This time, in 2012, and for the first time, voters in four states affirmed the rights of same-sex couples to marry. In California, the state court had already overturned Proposition 8. And finally, after much pressure from activists - many of them trained at Camp Courage - Barack Obama "evolved" on marriage equality.

So yes, I'm voting for Mike Bonin because he's the most experienced and has the best positions on public transportation, the environment, development, and job creation - but mostly I'm voting for him because he's the best person to get us through the Zombie Apocalypse.

Because if you're talking about someone who won't give up and won't give in no matter the odds, who'll fight for what he knows is right, and who'll empower others to create real and lasting change, Mike Bonin is that person.