By Jon Munoz —
There were two LACDP meetings in the last several weeks- March 29th and April 12th. The focus of both meetings was on LACDP candidate endorsements ahead of the June 7th Primary Election. A total of 130 candidates met the March 14th application deadline in what was the longest endorsement period in LACDP history. Several candidates in races for LA City Council (including District 5 Tim McOsker) and LA Unified School Board were recommended by the Candidate Interview Committee and passed the vote for LACDP endorsement. Several high-profile races, including LA City Mayor and LA City Attorney, did not reach majority (60%) consensus, thus those races are currently lacking an LACDP endorsed candidate. Both meetings allowed for candidates in several races to speak for 2 minutes. US Rep. Karen Bass, running for LA City Mayor, was one of several speakers during this forum.
The two meetings also devoted significant time to motions for specific races, both within LA City and regional cities such as Monrovia and Pasadena. The motions usually involved pulling certain candidates for consideration. Each candidate was allowed three speakers (including themselves) to speak for or against their candidacy.
On the legislative front – six bills were put forth by the legislative committee and approved for LACDP endorsement. These included AB 257 requiring standardization in fast food facilities and employment and AB 2266 allowing returning students to participate in the California College Promise fee waiver.
Lastly, the PV Democratic Club was listed as one of 35 clubs to have full renewal of their charter status having met the submissions deadline and requirements. Another 14 clubs were awarded provisional charter.