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L.A. CITY HALL: Los Angeles City Council, March 7 election, Council District 5: Editorial (endorsement), "Paul Koretz isn't a firebrand, but he's the better candidate for City Council" ....

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Paul Koretz isn't a firebrand, but he's the better candidate for City Council" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz is running for a third term representing Council District 5, which encompasses a mix of neighborhoods from Westwood and its sleek condo canyon east to mid-city and the aging apartments of the Fairfax neighborhood, south to Pico-Robertson and Cheviot Hills, and north to Encino in the San Fernando Valley. Development, whether of large-scale apartment buildings or single family homes, has been enormously controversial in this district.

Koretz is a painstaking decision maker who takes his time, unapologetically, weighing all aspects of an issue and talking to constituents before he makes up his mind on an issue. On this, both his supporters and critics (for the most part) agree. They also agree that he is not a firebrand and that he’s not a terribly forceful leader on the council. After two terms in office, it’s troubling that he hasn’t been more of a leader on the important citywide issues he says he cares about — the creation of affordable housing, for example.

And he’s made some boneheaded moves . . . . . . . .

Still, Koretz cares deeply about his district and his constituents and makes himself available to them, by almost all accounts. On balance, he serves the district well and responsibly. He should be re-elected.


Koretz has two challengers. The more promising one is ................