CD4 Campaign Update: Election One Week Away

 

CD 4 Candidates Ryu and Ramsay
CD 4 Candidates Ryu and Ramsay

Election day is just a week away in the race between Carolyn Ramsay and David Ryu to succeed Councilman Tom LaBonge representing CD4.  As the election draws closer, voters and the news media are paying more attention to the only race that will be on the May 19 ballot.

A recent LA Times newspaper story reported on the LaBonge’s mishandling of the paving streets in Hancock Park. Critics of Carolyn Ramsay, who served as LaBonge’s chief of staff during part of the seven-year period that covered the street discussions with neighbors and the Hancock Park Homeowners Association, want to hold Ramsay accountable for LaBonge’s missteps and are questioning her commitment to the neighborhood despite assurances by LaBonge that $400,000 will be spent on making street repairs in concrete.

“I don’t blame the folks in Hancock Park for being upset,” Ramsay told the Buzz.  “People throughout the district and city are very upset about the condition of streets and sidewalks. That’s why infrastructure repair is a top priority of my campaign.”

Ramsay maintains she attended just one meeting before she left the council office in 2011 when the issue became contentious.

“When I returned to the Council Office in September, 2012, we had an extremely limited budget and many many miles of roads district-wide that were in desperate need of repair,” said Ramsay.  She also said the council office was not aware that the city planning department had recommended Hancock Park’s concrete streets be included in their  HPOZ’s Preservation Plan thus requiring the streets to be repaired or replaced in concrete not asphalt. Nearby Windsor Square’s HPOZ does not include streets.

“I’m thrilled Tom has set aside money to repair six Hancock Park  intersections,” said Ramsay. “He is able to do this because (as Kevin James points out in the Times article) the city happens to have a contract open now with a company that does concrete work. (That company installed the concrete curb lanes on Wilshire Boulevard for the Metro Bus Rapid Transit project.)”

Ramsay also told the Buzz she would work with the neighborhood and the city to create a schedule to repair Hancock Park’s historic streets in concrete over time.

In other news stories, Saturday, the LA Times reported that Ramsay has raised more money than Ryu and earned more in matching funds as a result. The numbers reflect the most recent reports filed by the candidates.

Sunday, the LA Times reported how Ryu’s candidacy has energized the Korean community hoping to win a seat on the city council and a voice for their community.

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2 thoughts on “CD4 Campaign Update: Election One Week Away

  1. If Carolyn is elected it’s really good to have all her commitments in writing and on the record..However the statement below is simply not correct:

    She also said the council office was not aware that the city planning department had recommended Hancock Park’s concrete streets be included in their HPOZ’s Preservation Plan thus requiring the streets to be repaired or replaced in concrete not asphalt. Nearby Windsor Square’s HPOZ does not include streets.

    Carolyn was the HP Field Deputy and Communication Director during the creation and implementation of the HP HPOZ and Preservation Plan in 2007. The CD4 Council staff was totally aware and involved.

  2. First, I’d like to say that Ms Ramsey appears to be a perfectly nice person. My following comments go to my experience with her as the Chief of Staff of CD4, and as a candidate.

    Clearly Ms Ramsey’s quotes either suggest “senior moments,” or she is just outright clueless, or dismissing documented facts. Any of the three should disqualify her for the position she seeks. Of course the voting populace needs to know the truth. I’m sure the truth is what you are seeking.

    Patti, I have a email chain in which she clearly is not telling the truth to me (and the committee) about funds for concrete and whether the city does concrete. I’ve asked her for clarification. She is silent on the issue. The email was located by the L.A. Times in the CPRA documents that came from the CD4 office. As far as not having any money, I’m sure her office gave out at least 250K to charities in 2012, and a like number in “salaries” extra. All of (or a portion of) which could have been spent on streets. She directed the concrete paving, by two city departments, of Black Oak Drive, and redirected AB190 funds to do it ($150k). I’m happy to forward you that CLEAR city provided information as well.

    As for the contractor that “now” has a contract with the city, it appears that the city is not taking projects out to bid. I’m not sure why projects would not go out for bid. Again I have an example of bidding on a concrete job, 81,000 square feet that the City of Newport Beach, CA has recently conducted. Can get that info to you as well. I’ve provided this information to the CD4 office, and have yet to receive a comment other than…’interesting, we’ll look at it.’

    I guess I admire your loyalty to Ramsey as well. But unfortunately, in my opinion she is not telling YOU the truth, and is spinning you as she spun us and spun the LA Times reporter. Loyalty should run two ways…

    Regards

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