LA City Comptroller’s Election Guide 2022: Koretz vs. Mejia

Koretz got his start in politics at UCLA, where he co-founded the Bruin Democratic Club in 1973. He worked for then-board member Zev Yaroslavsky and the California League of Conservation Voters. He also won a seat on the West Hollywood City Council in 1988. A dozen years later, he joined the State Assembly. And in 2009, he was elected to the LA City Council, representing parts of the Westside and San Fernando Valley.

In his first bid for a citywide position, Koretz touted his interest in tenants’ rights, his advocacy for anti-animal cruelty laws and his environmental policies.

Throughout his career, Koretz has been a strong advocate for organized labor, especially unions that represent public sector employees. But the unions have not been heavily involved in the race for controllers. Among the few to intervene is the International Union of North American Local 300, which funded the Committee for an LA Sane, a group opposed to Mejia’s campaign.

Mejia, for his part, has held jobs over the past decade at Ernst & Young, Canyon Capital Advisors, Activision and other companies. He is a three-time political candidate, having run for a congressional seat in Los Angeles in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

In his first run for mayor, Mejia used his campaign to produce charts and graphs that illustrate the city’s spending decisions and inform how city government works. These charts, on social media and old-school billboards, showed the amount of money provided to the LAPD, the cost of city legal payments, the location of park facilities and other information. .

For the political left in Los Angeles, a victory for Mejia would be a huge coup, perhaps setting him up for a mayoral bid in 2026.

A activist with the Los Angeles Tenants Union, Mejia protested last year outside the San Fernando Valley home of councilman Paul Krekorian, demanding the city buy an apartment building in Chinatown where tenants are facing huge rent hikes. He has repeatedly attended protests outside Mayor Eric Garcetti’s home, where Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles has spoken out against the idea of ​​Garcetti securing a position in the Biden administration.

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