Political News Briefs
From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 4
William Bratton, former Los Angeles Police Chief, announced his support for Jim McDonnell in his campaign to be elected sheriff for L.A. County. In announcing his support for McDonnell, Bratton stated: “In examining the many issues and challenges facing the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department today, I believe Jim McDonnell’s uniquely varied skills, recognized and respected leadership, and decades of experience with both the LAPD and the Long Beach Police Department [since 2010] will lend themselves to facilitating meaningful change.”
Bratton also noted the vitally important leadership role McDonnell played in turning around the LAPD: “I selected McDonnell to serve as my second in command at a critical and challenging time in the department’s history. We worked closely together over the next 7½ years, with McDonnell playing an integral role in the transformation of the LAPD; his efforts and thoughtful leadership helped create a stronger department and a safer city.” “I believe he is the right person to lead the sheriff’s department and to instill public confidence in the integrity of that department’s work.”
The Gerrie Schipske for Mayor campaign headquarters opened Feb. 15 at 2212-H Palo Verde (at Stearns, behind Del Taco) on the 2nd floor. The public is invited to stop by and help with phone banking or walking the neighborhood. Campaign signs will be available for posting. Schipske has represented the Fifth Council District since 2006 and is campaigning to make city government more open, transparent and accountable.
The board of the Long Beach Firefighters Local 372 voted unanimously to endorse candidate Damon Dunn for Mayor of Long Beach. "When you listen to Damon Dunn, you learn quickly he fully understands the city's fiscal situation and has a clear transparent path to move Long Beach forward, while maintaining a balanced budget, "Rex Pritchard, president of the Local 327 said, ”He is hands down one of the most impressive candidates we have ever endorsed." While he said Dunn was selected for many reasons, Pritchard noted Dunn's support of four-man crews for fire engines and the current two-paramedic staffing model for the department was a key factor. "Damon Dunn is committed to making Long Beach an even safer place to live and work, and understands that restoring staffing levels for police and fire are vital in helping us improve response times," Pritchard said.
The Johnson for City Attorney campaign has released a list of over 300 leaders and residents who have endorsed James Johnson for Long Beach City Attorney. Endorsers include elected representatives and neighborhood leaders from throughout Long Beach and beyond. Endorsers include Congressmembers Alan Lowenthal and Janice Hahn, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Patricia Phillips (former president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association), Seth Hufstedler (former president of the California State Bar and the American Bar Foundation), and Long Beach representatives Senator Ricardo Lara and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon. The election will be held on April 8. More info at www.johnsonforcityattorney.com.