Monday, October 16, 2017
Friends of the Black Community
By Yussuf Simmonds (Managing Editor)
Published February 5, 2009

Councilwomen Janice Hahn, Wendy Gruel and Councilmember Eric Garcettie have a history of supporting “us”. 

In order to understand the workings of government–from city hall and the state capitol to Congress and the White House, the Black community has to participate from an informed position. And that translates: support those who have demonstrated, by their deeds and action, that they are "friends of our community." In addition, they have to be held accountable to produce tangible results on behalf of their constituents.

In the upcoming elections, it is important to provide the community with relevant information so that they will make intelligent decisions at the ballot box and know who to hold accountable for the timely delivery of government goods and services. As a vital part of the Los Angeles Sentinel's role as "the Voice of Our Community Speaking for Itself," it has taken the initiative to inform the community of its responsibility to be politically informed.

Council-members Janice Hahn (D-15), Eric Garcetti (D-13) and Wendy Greuel (D-2) have been "friends of the community" and the Los Angeles Sentinel is supporting them in the upcoming election. Hahn and Garcetti are running for re-election, and Greuel is seeking the office of Los Angeles City Controller.

Since being elected in 2001, Hahn has demonstrated an unprecedented level of support for the community. She has championed gang intervention programs and has initiated the Watts Gang Task Force to help stem the tide of violence in her district, which encompasses Watts and a major part of South Los Angeles. As the city council member responsible for the 15th district, Hahn has worked to clean up the community and improve operations at the Port of Los Angeles, one of the biggest employers in her district.

In addition to being the councilman of the 13th district, Garcetti is also the president of the Los Angeles City Council. In that role, he assigns each council member to his/her respective committee according to each's specialty and acts as the "glue" to unite the council when it becomes necessary. His passion for the environment and public safety allows him to reach out beyond his district to all he residents of Los Angeles, thereby advancing the work of the council as a single, unified entity.

When asked why would she want to be the city controller in these difficult economic times, Greuel told the Sentinel in a recent interview, "It's actually the best time to be a controller. It's a chance to look at how we can do things differently. And though you're not a part of the legislative body, the audits you conduct can have an incredible impact on how departments are operating." She has also stated emphatically that one of her goals, as controller, will be inclusiveness–to bring diverse sections of the city together to make government work for all equally. And her resume included working with the late Mayor Tom Bradley.

The Sentinel urges the community to support Council members Janice Hahn, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel.



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