The most important vote those in L.A. County will cast this June is arguably NOT one for president, but for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Two longtime Republican members step down from the Board this year, a result of term limits passed in 2002 limiting supervisors to three terms of four years.
Board member Mike Antonovich has served since 1980 and his fellow conservative Don Knabe since 1996. The Board’s influence cannot be overstated. It is felt throughout Southern California.
They manage a $28 billion budget, run the nation’s largest jail and foster care systems and the second-largest public health system in the country. And while the five-member board is officially non-partisan, Antonovich and Knabe’s departure could open the door to a continued shift leftward of the powerful panel’s politics. That would be the first liberal “supermajority” on the board in modern history, although another Republican will likely fill Antonovich’s seat.
Knabe’s deputy and former Manhattan Beach Mayor, Steve Napolitano, governing board member of the Whittier Union High School District, Ralph Pacheco and Congresswoman Janice Hahn are all vying for the contested position.
Join "AirTalk" host, Larry Mantle for a lively debate with these top fundraising candidates. Hear about their plans for the vacated seat and for some of the seemingly intractable issues that face Los Angeles County.
Janice Hahn, U.S. Representative from California's 44th congressional district, which is centered in South Los Angeles and Los Angeles Harbor region
Ralph Pacheco, Governing board member of Whittier Union High School District
Steve Napolitano, former Manhattan Beach Mayor, 1992 to 2005, and deputy to Don Knabe