Less than five weeks until the runoff and I've only received two mailers so far, both from Paul Krekorian. With absentee voting starting next week, the avalanche is imminent.
Since I wrote that three weeks ago, Anni and I have gotten eight more from Krekorian, all paid by the candidate. But Essel's campaign -- along with Local 18 of the IBEW, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Police Protective League and, today, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters -- have sent us 21 mailers. Sometimes we get three for her in one day. Two weeks remain until election day, but only one until the absentee application deadline.
I wrote here on Oct. 29 that Krekorian might open a storefront locally, and indeed he did on Nov. 14 -- in the office building my parents owned on Commerce Avenue until 1995. Now I won't be able to resist stopping by.
I'm still reading the CD2 Special Election 2009 roundup and learning, among other things, that we're not even getting all of Krekorian's mailers and that Essel filed a police report over a "stolen" letter she wrote in 2000 making nice with Villaragosa that was also available as state public document:
The Los Angeles Times and KNX-AM ran stories on Sunday comparing the records of Essel and Krekorian on saving local jobs in the film industry. Two or three mailers a day weigh down our letter carrier but the postings on the CD2 Special Election 2009 site have slowed. I know I've been missing a lot when I'm only just discovering something online called Essel Watch by Krekorian's campaign, but then it only registers 978 visitors. So this endorsement by blogger and former journalist Ron Kaye is my link of the week -- it's followed by a plethora of comments typical of this race by both sides:
Paul Krekorian outside his campaign office at 10019 Commerce Avenue in Tujunga.
Anni was naive when she changed her voter registration, thinking she had to provide her phone number. So her answering machine bleats all week, all day with robocalls. One of them yesterday slammed Krekorian, referring to Chris Es-sel as Christine Es-sel. Is that the correct pronunciation on the Westside or downtown? I don't know who paid for the call, which may be a violation of the law. Later, we got one from Brad Sherman on behalf of Krekorian. It was weird to hear his voice over the phone again after a decade -- we used to talk when he called my old boss Herb Brin at the Jewish newspaper I helped edit. Because of Anni's last name, we were reminded that Paul is a friend of Israel.
In between, I spoke to a real human being. Andrew called on his cellphone from the back steps of my Dad's old office building on Commerce Avenue, underneath the sign still bearing his name and title, Certified Public Accountant, temporarily Krekorian's Tujunga headquarters. The land lines were being used by other campaign workers while Andrew stood in the cold and chatted about the race with me. Clearly, Krekorian is spending his money wiser than Essel and her many co-sponsors with their mailers and robocalls.
Karen Keehne Zimmerman, who's contributed to this thread as a guest, sent out a wonderful e-mail yesterday organized around my original reason for voting for Krekorian when I began this topic -- he would best represent us in saving the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. If Karen visits this board again, she's welcome to copy and paste her e-mail here. Bonus points for including the great links!
The night before the election, I count the mailers. In the past two weeks, we've gotten 8 from Krekorian and 17 on behalf of Essel. Total for the runoff campaign is 18 Krekorian, 38 Essel -- that's 56 compared to 30 in the September special election.
Essel also beats Krekorian for the greatest number of independent groups sending mailers and for the variety of formats, including a mini-manifesto, another glossy booklet with absentee applications filled in on the back and a 2010 calendar with photos of landmarks in her district. The months featuring beautiful images of Bolton Hall, Verdugo Hills High School, Sunland Park and the Verdugo Hills Golf Course will be feel more poignant if Essel loses.
By the way, Anni and I hanged out at the Krekorian campaign headquarters on Commerce Avenue in Tujunga on Sunday, having a great time with everybody there. That place was a barber shop until 1970 -- I traded comic books with the proprietor. My Dad, who owned the two adjacent addresses already, bought Dick's shop and expanded, converting the sink in the middle into a wet bar in his office that was hardly ever used. One huge pipe still sticks out of the wall. The space should be available for rent tomorrow.
Well, I've voted and received my "I voted" sticker! Brian is stopping on his way home from work. I checked the channel 5 news. I guess there will be none until the poles close...DUH! Back to enjoying the wonderful Rachel Maddow, or the Montrose Peace Vigil Message Board!
Chris Essel always looked out of place up here when I saw her, while Paul Krekorian had a place on Commerce Avenue. If he serves the Second Council District as well as he ran his campaign, Tujunga will be well represented downtown. The City Clerk was done half an hour ago: