Saturday, September 6, 2008

OPINION: Vote for Trigas, Anderson, Alexander, Almeida and Parker

By Doug Epperhart

The Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council election will be held this Tuesday, September 9, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Port of Los Angeles High School, 250 West Fifth Street (between Palos Verdes and Centre streets).

You need to go there and vote for these five candidates: Phillip Trigas, Frank B. Anderson, Linda L. Alexander, Arthur Almeida, and Raymond Lee Parker. They are on the ballot to fill five board member seats.

I support these individuals because they will bring a variety of needed talents to the Central council, have a track record of volunteerism, and, most importantly, are committed to serving our community.

They understand that neighborhood council board members should work for the people, not developers or other special interests.

The 33,000 inhabitants of the Central San Pedro area (roughly everything north of 18th Street and east of Leland Street) deserve better leadership than they’ve had from the incumbents running for re-election. It’s time to vote the rascals out and bring in new blood.

Under the city’s new rules, virtually anyone can qualify to vote in the Central election. If you live, work, or own property, you’re in.

You can also vote if you are a member of an organization in Central (such as the historical society, maritime museum, or chamber of commerce), have a library card, or shop or dine in the area.

You do not have to be a resident of the City of Los Angeles to vote. Even though it only takes a few minutes to mark your ballot, it can mean years of good government for the people of Central San Pedro.

Remember: vote for Trigas, Anderson, Alexander, Almeida, and Parker on Tuesday.

Doug Epperhart is a San Pedro resident, business owner and Central council stakeholder.

Editor’s note: San Pedro News has also invited the opposing slate of candidates to write a commentary about their campaign. Their statement will be posted upon receipt.

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