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Filing Period Begins for Los Angeles Primary Election in March

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By Paul Chavez, Venice Dispatch

The filing period to run in the March citywide primary election that includes contests for a spot on the Los Angeles City Council and a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education that both represent Venice started Monday.

Candidates have until noon Saturday to file their intention to become a candidate form with the Office of the City Clerk for the March 5 primary election in which voters will vote for mayor, city attorney, city controller, eight of the 15 seats on the city council and three spots on the seven-member education board. The L.A. City Council’s 11th District and the LAUSD Board of Education’s 4th District, which both represent Venice, are among the open positions.

The race for CD11 will be to fill the seat left vacant by incumbent City CouncilmanĀ Bill Rosendahl, who has represented the district since 2005. Rosendahl announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election in order to focus on his battle against cancer. Rosendahl, 67, said he will retire June 30 at the end of his term and plans to return to national public affairs television.

Rosendahl has endorsed his chief of staff, Mike Bonin, to replace him on the council. Bonin, 45, launched his campaign the same day that Rosendahl told his City Hall colleagues he was retiring and in a few weeks has raised more than $50,000 in campaign contributions and has received endorsements from former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman and former Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, who both employed Bonin as a deputy chief of staff. He also has won endorsements from Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro), state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and several labor unions, including IBEW Local 11, which represents employees of the city’s Department of Water and Power.

Venice resident Mark Ryavec also has announced that he is running for the CD11 position. Ryavec has been endorsed by environmental activist Ed Begley, Jr., and actor James Garner, best known for playing Los Angeles detective Jim Rockford in the 1970s television show “The Rockford Files.”

Others who also are running include Westchester teacher Odysseus Bostick and Frederick Sutton.

In campaign finance documents filed with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, Bostick reported having contributions of $18,431 and cash on hand of $11,688.37 in the period from Jan. 1, 2012, to Sept. 30, 2012. Ryavec and Sutton have not filed any reports. Bonin notified the Ethic Commission on Oct. 17 that his campaign had raised more than $50,000, per city law.

The election will be for a 3-year term on the council and a nearly $180,000 annual salary.

The race for the school board’s 4th District includues incumbent Steve Zimmer and challengers Frances Parrish and Jeneen Robinson. Zimmer reported raising $11,264 from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30 with cash on hand of $7,341.30 at the end of the reporting period. Neither Parrish nor Robinson had reports filed.

The school board term is for four years and pays $2,000 a month if all meetings are attended or $45,637 annual salary for full-time board members.

Candidates must file their declaration of intention to run and submit nominating petitions in order to appear on the citywide ballot. Candidates may obtain their nominating petitions starting Nov. 10 and must file them by Dec. 5. Candidates can pay a $300 filing fee and submit at least 500 valid signatures or provide a petition with 1,000 valid signatures.

The primary election will be followed by a May 21 general municipal election.

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