Okay so to begin with, let’s get something straight.  Sending a campaign mailer to my house with a picture of you and President Obama doesn’t move me to vote for you.  In fact, it almost does the opposite.  Stop jocking.  Everybody and they mama got a picture with the president.  Thanks to Photoshop even I can go to the Slauson and have one made and put on a t-shirt.

And in the same vein, sending me a campaign mailer with pictures of folks 20 years younger, some no longer even in office–does absolutely nothing for for me.  Nothing.  In fact, I get pissed that you think we as voters are that stupid that we don’t realize the Congresswoman hasn’t sported that style in over a decade and former Senator Kevin Murray is just that–former.  Take a new picture and use it–once.

Now I am not going to tell you who or what to vote for. There are enough people already doing that.  I mean when you really think about the whole endorsement game it’s one that’s based on us not being smart enough to do the research and make up our own mind and having to depend on someone we like or someone that we look like to tell us what to do. Which I guess in theory would be okay except for that small issue of who’s getting paid say what. Can’t be too sure these days who really has our best interests or special interests.  When in doubt, it’s best to just do your own homework and figure out what’s best for you and your community.  When I go to the polls, I am not ashamed to say I am thinking about what is best for the BLACK COMMUNITY.  And that’s real.

With that said, this is who I am voting for and why.

Yes on Reelecting Parks

Parks’ positions on making cutbacks to the city’s workforce are unpopular among labor unions, which is one of the main reasons why they have backed one of his opponents to the tune of $650,000.  But with Los Angeles projecting a deficit of more than $350 million next year, we need someone in office with enough independence to make the hard decisions needed to ensure that District 8 and its 14 sister districts continue to receive uninterrupted city services.  What we don’t need is someone who is essentially bought and paid for and in office solely to lobby the positions of the labor unions that put her there.

District 8 is one third the heart and soul of what’s left of Los Angeles’ black community.  Home to Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, and South L.A., Parks’ experience as both a two-term councilmember and his five years as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department is worth sending him back for a third term if only to see what else he can accomplish.  Thanks to Parks’ efforts Marlton Square is finally going to be renovated with community input, Maverick’s Flat has re-opened, and a number of new businesses have opened up in the district including Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.  I believe if given the chance to serve a third term, Parks will ensure that District 8 will continue to see the type of renaissance it is currently experiencing and get its fair share of city services.

And even though we don’t always see eye to eye on things, and probably won’t in the future—especially if he supports a smoking ban in the common areas of the city and the metro train down Crenshaw Boulevard–I can say that he makes himself available to talk regardless of whether it’s campaign time or not and he’s always willing to listen to what you have to say.

Plus I think that his wife, Bobbie Parks, who has a fan club all of her own, is a great example of what a First Lady of a council district should be.

And on a side note and for what it’s worth, I also like Jabari Jumaane who is also running for the 8th District Council seat.  Even though he’s the underdog he’s running a spirited campaign with the help of many of my friends.  I’m still voting for Parks but wanted to acknowledge Jabari and his team for their hard work in an uphill battle fraught with dirty money and even dirtier politics.

Yes on Reelecting Wesson

With the exception of his challengers, I’ve found few people to complain about the job that Wesson is doing in the 10th District.  From the renovations at Rancho Cienega Park, including the Jackie Robinson Stadium’s new turf and track, skate park, soccer field, and most recently the renovation of the parks 12 tennis courts (thank you Councilmember), to his championing the opening of dozens of new small businesses along Washington Avenue and Pico Boulevard, Wesson has made a believer out of me that where there’s no money but a will, there’s a way.  I’m excited to see what Wesson and his team in the 10th will accomplish in another term on the city council.  Go Team Wesson!

And for the record, Wesson is my councilmember.  West Adams, holla!

Hell No on Reelecting LAUSD Board Member Marguerite Lamotte

Yes on Electing Reverend Eric Lee

Black kids in LAUSD have been suffering for a longtime.  They are the forgotten youth and the one lone Black representative we have on the board doesn’t seem to understand that part of her job is to say that.  It’s okay to say that.  We needed her to say that.  It’s not racist, it’s just a fact.  We need someone on the board who is going to effectively lobby on behalf of Black students and parents.

For the record, I don’t have any kids–and yes I still give a damn.

Community College Board

  • Yes on Electing Derrick Mims for Los Angeles Community College Board Seat 1
  • Yes on Electing Joyce Burrell Carcia for Los Angeles Community College Board Seat 3

Next up, the Measures…