Tammara inspired me to chime in about the election for the 2nd District City Council seat, not because I favor her candidate so much (I don’t–I think I’m for Sanchez, myself) but because it is an important election and I know the turn out will be low and that always makes me sad. Here’s how the City Clerk’s site explains the job of the city council:
The Council is the governing body of the City, except as otherwise provided in the Charter, and enacts ordinances subject to the approval or veto of the Mayor. It orders elections, levies taxes, authorizes public improvements, approves contracts, and adopts traffic regulations. The Council adopts or modifies the budget proposed by the Mayor and provides the necessary funds, equipment, and supplies for the budgetary departments. The Council confirms or rejects appointments proposed by the Mayor and prescribes duties of boards and officers not defined by Charter.
It’s the governing body of the city, people, and this is one of only 15 seats. If you’re in district 2, take a minute to look over the candidate information on the League of Women Voters; Smart Voter site. There’s also a lot of good information and links on the CD2 Special Election Blog.
I’ll call myself out and confess that I almost always wait until the night before to figure out elections, so if you haven’t been following this ten-candidate race, know that it’s not too late. You’ll be cramming along with at least one Metblog author.
There are three big money candidates in this election (relatively speaking) and seven others who are billing themselves variously as “grassroots” or “activist” by virtue of comparison (see the LA Weekly blog for implications). And so people like me get glossy mailings from three candidates and, in order to find out about the other seven, we have to do a little research. Please do.