March 5 Elections Could Decide Council District 1 Race

A new councilman will be elected if any of the four candidates is able to earn more than 50-percent of the vote.

Council District 1 voters will go to the ballot booths on Tuesday, March 5 to choose a successor for Councilman Ed Reyes.

The candidates vying for the seat are former Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, Reyes' longtime Chief of Staff José Gardea and local businessman Jesse Rosas. Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council Member William "Rodriguez" Morrison is running as a write-in candidate.

The four candidates first squared-off during in a forum held by the Mount Washington Homeowners Alliance on Monday, Nov. 19. On that evening, candidates were asked to answer a broad range of questions, including those pertaining to gang crime in the area and quality of life issues, like illegal dumping.

Click here to see video from the November forum

The candidates met again on Wednesday, Jan. 16 for a forum at Benjamin Franklin High School, where they were asked to discuss how they would improve business prospects along the district's main corridors in Highland Park, North Figueroa and Monte Vista Streets.

Read a recap of the January forum here

Click here to see video of the candidates discussing business improvements on Figueroa and Monte Vista

On Sunday, February 10, the candidates answered questions regarding the district's pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure in a forum hosted by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. During that forum, all four candidates stated their support for implementing bike lanes on North Figueroa Street.

A video of the forum can be seen here

With the race drawing to a close, Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch last week looked into the funding of each candidate's campaign. Gardea and Cedillo hold a strong fund-raising edge over their lesser known opponents, but it is Cedillo who has received the strongest financial backing from outside groups.

Read more about the candidates fundraising here

Registered voters can find their polling place here.

If none of the four candidates is able to earn a majority of the vote on Tuesday, a winner will be decided through a runoff election to be held on Tuesday, May 21.


Cathi Milligan March 04, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Please vote for Jose Gardea!! He cares about our community because it's his community too!
nonoise March 04, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Jose has never even been in the community he is suppose to serve. He has has never attended one neighborhood council meeting. Where has Jose been? He has been just a ghost. Don't vote for another 12 years of "do nothing, Ed Reyes with "no way, Jose". Vote for Jesse Rosas, a businessman and community activist.
nonoise March 04, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Cathi, just wondering what community you live in. He was never seen in the community.
El Cid March 04, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Well - Cathi lives in HP. She ran for the HHPNC last year. She cares a great deal for HP.
nonoise March 04, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Don, I believe she does. "No way, Jose" cares about the communtiy? Where does Jose live? Where has he been for the last 12 years? He never attended even one neighborhood councilmeeting. No one knew who he was until he started running. He has been a ghost. Vote for someone that reallly lives and works in the community. Vote for Jesse Rosas.
Cathi Milligan March 04, 2013 at 11:53 PM
Hey No Noise. I live in Highland Park as well as own a business here. I have spoken with Jose and believe he has this community in his heart. Vote for Jesse. I'll vote for Jose. That's democracy. Jose lives in Highland Park. I know the work he's done. I'm happy with him. Very happy.
nonoise March 05, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Cathi, I respect your views. Unfortunately, Jose may have done work in Highland Park, I don't know. But he has not worked for the rest of the district. Pico-Union is terrible with trash and huge potholes. Other areas have trash and illegal dumping everywhere. Our areas still have the highest crime rates in the city. Vote Jesse Rosas for a change.
ChickenBoyFan March 05, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Poor Jesse. He is just not city leader material. He is only qualified to be a community activist. That's okay. The community likes him a lot, but seriously, if you watch the 2 forums listed above, you really can't understand where Jesse is headed, with his responses. Please don't throw your vote away. Jose Gardea is the best candidate, and everyone who has volunteered to work on CD1 projects with him knows this. He is highly intelligent, unravels complicated city bureaucracy, and is a genuine person who shows up for us. We should all stop spinning our wheels regarding Jesse Rosas,Gil Cedillo, and William Morrison. Let's elect Jose Gardea, with the surety that he will help us keep our community sacred, which it is to many of us. VOTE JOSE GARDEA TODAY!!
ChickenBoyFan March 05, 2013 at 04:19 PM
nonoise, can you please separate fact from fiction? It's your damn church bells drama, and you should be asking yourself why you made the decision to live in your dwelling before prior investigation. Did you not see the church, or the bells? Kinda hard to miss a church. I sincerely believe that you are really just angry at yourself for making a poor decision to buy/rent your property. As humans, we all do the same thing at times. Everyone makes bad decisions. But, let's quit blaming others for the mistakes we made, and try to come to a reasonable compromise. Maybe you could choose that time when the bells toll, to go for a walk/bike ride/another church or institution/shopping/coffee with friends(Jesse Rosas, maybe?) You're a nice person, I believe, but you can't have it your way 100% when it's your screw up.
nonoise March 05, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Hey, CBF, where has "no way, Jose" been? What community projects? When has "no way, Jose" shown up? He never attended on neighborhood council meeting and never attended one community meeting in Cypress Park. Where has "no way, Jose" been? Building the one million dollar water fountain in the middle of nowhere. What a waste of money. Our community deserves better. Jesse is a small business owner living and working in the community for many, many years. English is probly his second language. That does not make him less capable than "no way, Jose". What happened to being accepting of others even if their english is not perfect? I thought this community was more accepting than that. It is more important to have someone that will work for the community than to be able to communicate perfectly. It is better to have someone that works for the community than to have "no way, Jose" that worked for "do nothing, Ed Reyes. We should not elect another 12 years of Ed Reyes. Not another 12 years of the highest crime rate in the city. Not another 12 years of illegal trash dumping, huge potholes that can swallow cars, 12 years of the most parking meters in the history of Los Angeles ( you can not even park for free to visit Ed Reyes field office in Lincoln Heights) and 12 years of never putting one foot in the community. Vote for change. Vote for Jesse Rosas. Not the same old garbage. http://www.rosas4citycouncil.org/media.html
ChickenBoyFan March 05, 2013 at 04:54 PM
@nonoise, It has nothing to do with language. It has everything to do with a thought process. As for the trash/pothole problem,it comes down to this: If you don't care, they don't care. If it's not reported, they may not notice it for a while. In Highland Park, we report EVERYTHING. Graffiti, trash, make us angry.Grrrrrr. The council districts know this. They act quickly because "we make them aware, and they know we care". Some neighborhoods probably do not share the same concerns as us. Our neighborhood probably doesn't share the same concerns as others. Council offices show up with the grease can for the squeaky wheels. VOTE JOSE GARDEA!!! He has a lotta grease .
nonoise March 05, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Council office should care about places that are poorer and that have no knowledge of government services, like the Pico-Union district. It is disgusting how ignored "no way, Jose" has been to such areas. And, he has not helped the crime rate anywhere in CD1. And, about the thought process, Jesse has run a small business for several years. That takes more than a thought process. No way, Jose has just been pushing paper downtown. That takes no thought process. VOTE JESSE ROSAS!!! He doesn't need grease. He already has wheels.
nonoise March 05, 2013 at 11:47 PM
CBF, Respectfully, do your research. I lived in my home BEFORE Father Marco Ortiz came in and screwed everything up by putting up his amplified sound system with 4 bullhorns. I get tired of people not knowing that I was there first. Father Marco did not ask my opinion before blasting his intrusive sound system into my home 6 times a day everyday starting at 7:55AM. Try to compromise? Your kidding right? Father Marco will NOT compromise. He has already said that a million times. He REFUSED to do the dispute resolution program with the district attorneys office. He will NOT budge. I have offered to work a deal but that has been refused by Father Marco. CBF, I have asked LAPD and Senior Lead Officers and everyone else on the planet to work a deal with Father Marco and no one has been able to get Father Marco to budge or come to the table. So, look at who the real bad guy is here, that is only Father Marco Ortiz and his membership clan.
Nimby pimp March 06, 2013 at 12:49 AM
@nonoise - Like many readers of these pages, I've grown weary of your single-mindedness and your blind rage. However, I must give you credit. The meek don't inherit or change the world - the zealots and the obsessives do. You just might win this one. So, hang in there. (But could you just keep it down a bit?)
El Cid March 06, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Nonoise - I do not want to add fuel to the fire....but, I'm just wondering did you go over his head? If so, to whom? What level? And, what was the response?
nonoise March 06, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Don, thanks for asking. Yes, I did. I went to Bishop Wilkerson who basically told me where to go. He said they do not control what the priest do. Now you know why and how the child molestations happen. I could not believe my ears. He did not care. Nor does Father Marco. But Father Marco sure filled the courtroom with his clan when he took me to court and lost. And, so did Ed Reyes because they used his letter in court "supporting and encourging" the church to take me to court. I wonder if "no way, Jose" wrote the letter. Of course, he denied it.
nonoise March 06, 2013 at 06:01 AM
Nimby, I have toned it down. But can you just ask Field Deputy for Ed Reyes, Sonia Jimenez why she was in the courtroom on taxpayers time when the case was a personal matter and did not involve the city?
nonoise March 06, 2013 at 06:02 AM
Point is that is an abuse of power.


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