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Los Angeles City Council Building
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."