With the March 5th City Elections less than three weeks away, we’re beginning to see many more yard signs, billboards and TV commercials splashing candidates’ names before us, while the radio airwaves are plugging candidates day and night.
In some homes around the neighborhood, residents are taking this election to heart, inviting neighbors and supporters into their homes to help get out the vote. After all, this election in which we will vote for Mayor, City Attorney, Controller and in some areas for members of the City Council, has perhaps the most direct impact on our day-to-day lives living here in Los Angeles.
In the Wilshire area, Chef Mark Peel and his wife Daphne Brogdon opened their house on Sunday Feb 10th to engage supporters in canvassing their 90019 neighborhood with lawn signs for Eric Garcetti for Mayor. Peel, known for his famous grilled cheese at Campanille, pressed some sandwiches for volunteers while Garcetti’s wife Amy Wakeland with 13 month old daughter in tow, helped charge up the canvassers prior to being let loose on the neighborhood.
In Windsor Square, Van Ness resident Mitchell Schwartz welcomed City Controller candidate Ron Galperin into his home on Wed. Feb 13th to learn how Galperin intends to fix LA’s broken streets and finances, should he be elected. The meet and greet, co-hosted by John Fenis, Alan Goldman, Nicholas Karno, Lee Wallach, Stanford Weiner and Jamie Wolf drew a crowd interested in Galperin’s plans. Schwartz hosted a similar function late last year for local residents to meet mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel.
Up in Larchmont Village, neighborhood advocate Fred Mariscal hosted an event last fall that brought City Controller candidate Cary Brazeman to his home for a open-discussion meet and greet about the City’s fiscal issues as seen by Brazeman. Mariscal told the Buzz that candidate Brazeman will also be hosting a campaign coffee at Bricks & Scones this Saturday, Feb 16th, 3-5 pm for others interested in meeting the candidate.