Independent committees spent more than half a million dollars toward helping Joe Buscaino take his city council seat. As Frank Stoltze points out this morning, Buscaino joins the growing ranks of city council members with close ties to the LAPD. (Actually being a sergeant counts.)
It's worth remembering that Buscaino is closely connected to the DWP's union too. The Local 18 Water and Power Defense League Committee is the driving force behind Working Californians to Support Buscaino for City Council 2012. They poured in almost 190,000 of the 511,000 dollars "independently" spent in this election. And they were registered with the state in December by Brian D'Arcy.
Buscaino, taking Janice Hahn's old seat, fashions himself a political outsider. "Folks were thirsting for a political outsider," he told the LA Weekly. "I'm hoping this campaign will inspire others and show that someone from the community can be successful in an election."
He'll come to some fun environmental issues before the council. Not just the twisted tango that never ends with the Department of Water and Power. Buscaino is representing the port area, and has vowed to balance business interests with environmental review. He has also pledged to push the next mayor to pick 3 of the 5 harbor commissioners from San Pedro. (And don't forget the approval of the ratepayer advocate.)
Here's his environmental platform, from his website:
Air quality will always be an issue in a metropolitan area with this many freeways and this much industry. In the Harbor area there is the additional truck, rail and ship pollution that comes with our transportation-based economy.
As a proud member of the Green Advisory Committee for the California Conservation Corps, I have studied and discussed ways to grow our local economy while leaving a clean environment for future generations.
Here in the Harbor area, we need to encourage newer, cleaner maritime and transportation technologies, while promoting green job growth, energy conservation measures, and other environmental sustainability efforts.
Not too specific, but hey, it worked.