The Los Angeles Daily News endorsed Tina Hess for Los Angeles City Council in the 11th district.
The editorial board said Friday Hess showed a firm grasp of the city’s challenges and noted her lengthy resume, which includes a career as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office that spans over two and half decades.
The board urged voters to put Hess into a runoff against Mike Bonin, the
current councilman’s chief of staff and a member of what the Los Angeles Daily News dubbed the "council of clones."
The endorsement made recommendations in five Los Angeles City Council races and called for Angelenos to consider voting in qualified candidates whose careers were built outside of city and state politics.
"While voters seek the best representatives for their districts, they also should
look for ways to at least slow the march to council seats by former council staffers and termed-out state legislators, the kind of candidates who perpetuate the culture of what this page calls the 'Council of Clones,'" the boar said in a statement.
Hess’ plans include balancing a multi-million dollar budget deficit by implementing recommendations from city controller audits and living up to her history of standing up to special interests as a prosecutor on consumer and
environmental cases to reign in rising pension costs.
The editorial board also urged its readership to consider the importance of preventing the disappearance of women from the council horseshoe, and Hess is the only woman in District 11 running for a city council seat. Jan Perry, the lone female city councl member, has served the maximum 12 years and is termed out.
Hess said the L.A. Daily News endorsement is welcomed news and further proof that she’s the best candidate to serve the interests of constituents living on the Westside.