LA City Comptroller Ron Galperin Endorses Traci Park for CD-11 Council!

Galperin joins Villaraigosa, Ma in support of Venice labor lawyer

By Nick Antonicello

Los Angeles City Comptroller Ron Galperin, the first elected citywide LGBTQ official, has endorsed Venice labor attorney Traci Park’s candidacy for the CD-11 open seat for succeed Mike Bonin, who is retiring.

Bonin, the two-time incumbent who has tried to recall who backed fellow Venice civil rights lawyer and tenants advocate Erin Darling turned a race from center-right populist in Park against progressive in Darling, a Venetian from longtime star who played Little He played baseball as a child and surfed the beaches of Dogtown as a teenager.

Galperin, married to husband Zachary Shapiro who is a rabbi, is the proud parent of twins as he completes his second and final term as the 19th city comptroller.

Elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017, the Comptroller is responsible for managing public funds wisely and efficiently. At the head of a department of 160 people, the controller carries out audits, manages the city’s expenses and acts as payer, auditor and chief accountant.

During Galperin’s tenure, he established Control Panel LA and opened the city’s first data portal. Under Galperin’s leadership, Los Angeles was named the #1 digital city by the US City Open Data Census. Galperin is an award-winning elected official for public excellence and Galperin launched the LA Equity Index which mapped some 2,000 free-dispensing food banks during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Limited-time Galperin initially sought a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors only to shift gears and run for California Comptroller to succeed limited-time Betty Yee, who endorsed the LA Democrat .

Galperin would get just 10.7% of the vote in the June primary which saw Republican Lanhee Chen lead with 37% of the vote as he tries to become the first Republican to win a statewide office. since the re-election of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006. .

California Board of Equalization member and former San Francisco supervisor Malia Cohen finished second in eliminating Galperin from the fall contest.

Chen, a Stanford University scholar and lecturer, is the only Republican to make a serious run in what has become a one-party state here in California.

The California comptroller will preside over a state budget of nearly $259 billion.

A graduate of Harvard University with four advanced degrees, Chen has served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. Married with two children, Chen’s parents immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and he grew up in Los Angeles as an avid Dodger and Laker fan.

Chen now resides in Northern California and was previously appointed to the bipartisan Social Security Advisory Council by former President Barack Obama and confirmed by the US Senate.

Galperin issued the following statement explaining why he was endorsing the candidate for the first time in District 11.

“I am proud to support Traci Park as she will be a champion for the residents of Council District 11 and for everyone in Los Angeles. Traci is a fighter and a consensus builder, two skills that will stand her in good stead as she works with a new mayor and city council to address the extraordinary challenges LA faces today.

Nick Antonicello is a longtime Venetian covering the Los Angeles City Council race and its impact on the Venice community. To contact Antonicello, email him at [email protected]

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