(This story was updated Friday, April 17, 2015 to include additional information.) Thursday afternoon, David Ryu announced the endorsement of former CD 4 candidate Jay Beeber.
“I have thought long and hard about this decision and after detailed discussions with both candidates and observing the two debates this week in Sherman Oaks, I have come to the conclusion that David Ryu is our best hope to bring fundamental change to City Hall,” said Beeber in a statement released yesterday by the Ryu campaign.
Beeber, a former filmmaker and Sherman Oaks activist best known for his campaign to remove red-light cameras, could provide a boost to Ryu in winning votes in Sherman Oaks.
CD 4 Candidate Carolyn Ramsay raised almost $20,000 more than her opponent David Ryu in the race to replace Councilman Tom LaBonge who is termed-out.
According to recent fundraising data on the city’s website, the Ramsay and Ryu campaigns raised approximately $181,000 and $162,000 respectively as of April 4, 2015. The data also shows that Ryu made a $20,000 loan to his campaign. Overall Ryu’s campaign has raised over $100,000 more than Ramsay but Ramsay has more cash in the bank going into the May 19 general election.
Ramsay qualified for $125,000 in matching funds from the city based on the amount raised; Ryu qualified for $25,000. Names of donors and amounts of contributions are posted online.
On the campaign trail, candidates are trading barbs over donations from developers reported the Los Angeles Times in coverage of a debate last night hosted by the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association. Ryu announced he was returning more than $4,000 in contributions from developers.
“Ramsay responded by saying “I wish it were true” and waving documents she said listed $28,000 in developer-related donations Ryu hadn’t returned to donors,” wrote the Times.
The Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and MidCity West Community Council, who jointly hosted a candidates forum in the primary, invite residents to attend a larger neighborhood council debate co-hosted with the Hollywood Hills West, Greater Toluca Lake and Hollywood United Neighborhood Councils with the candidates on Thursday, April 30 at the Hall of Liberty Theatre at Forest Lawn from 7-9 p.m.
Last night Ramsay tweeted that she was endorsed by the Miracle Mile Democratic Club and thanked City Councilman Paul Koretz for his support. Last week Ramsay was endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Shelia Kuehl. Ramsay has gathered a list of endorsements from public officials including Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, State Controller Betty Yee and State Senator Bob Hertzberg,CD4 Debate Hosted by Neighborhood Councils Thursday, April 30 7-9 pm Hall of Liberty Theatre Forest Lawn