Updated: Mount Washington Association to Welcome Leading Council District 1 Candidates

The two leading candidates for the first city council seat will meet in at Mount Washington Elementary on Monday, Sept. 17.

Two of the leading candidates vying in March's election for the Los Angeles City Council's first district seat will meet in Mount Washington on Monday, Sept. 17.

The Mount Washington Association will welcome candidates Jose Gardea and Gil Cedillo to discuss their plans should they be elected to represent District 1.

Candidates William Morrison and Jesse Rosas will not be appearing at the event.

The newly reconstituted district 1 now includes the entirety of Mount Washington, as well as parts of Highland Park.

Cedillo currently represents Angelenos living in the 45th Assembly District, and he previously served from 2002 through 2010 in the State Senate. He began his political career in 1998 as the representative of the 46th Assembly District.

He is known for authoring Assembly Bills 130 and 131——which allows undocumented students to access financial aid from both public and private sources.

Cedillo has drawn some local criticism for his perceived support of a tunnel option in expanding the 710 freeway. As of August, a spokesperson for Cedillo said the Assemblyman only supported a tunnel beneath South Pasadena, not Los Angeles.

Gardea has worked as the Chief of Staff for Councilmember Ed Reyes for the last decade and .

As of June 30, Gardea's campaign had raised $193,057 compared to $112,743 for Cedillo.


Rosas told Patch that he was not invited to take part in the forum.

"I think Jose [Gardea] and Gil [Cedillo] were invited because they have raised more money," Rosas said. "As a community activist, I have not been able to raise as much money.

Rosas is on the steering committee of the the Friends of the Southwest Museum, a local organization that advocates for the full-time reopening of the historic building in Mount Washington.

According to the LA City Ethics Commission, Rosas had raised $977 as of June 30.

He said he would have attended the forum if invited.

"Yes, definitely. I believe this is a Democratic system, and onyone willing to put themselves on the line should have the right to be heard."

The forum will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. In the Jack and Denny Smith Community Center at .

Culturevator September 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Say what you will about Ed. He deserves your scorn. He never cared about Highland Park until we recently (in the last 2 years) brought it to his doorstep, and made him look at his shortcomings, here. Cedillo is your typical poly-tician. He is up to no good. Tunnels for the "rich white people", driver's licenses for illegals.. He is Mr. Divide and conquer. Very La Raza-like. Gardea is promising. He's like a rose in a stinking onion patch, over there at CD1. He seems engaged, unlike Cedillo. I doubt he will run a divide and conquer strategy for his campaign. He seems much to intelligent for that kind of base pandering. Rosas(lol) is just plain laughable. But, good luck, Jesse.
Johny September 11, 2012 at 06:01 PM
It's easy to criticize Councilman Reyes..but until you see the issues that don't make t.v or other types of media..and you see how in the beginning it was Councilman Reyes and his staff (including Jose Gardea) coming to our doorsteps..coming in to our homes to talk to us.. When the gold line came through years ago..it was Jose Gardea AND Ed Reyes coming to our families and speaking with us on the types of issues that would come about with the goldline production..it was Reyes who told the spanish speaking communities to come out from the dark and come to the meetings..where he would have translators. He would bring the spanish speakers in the community meetings where it was mostly the young "hipsters" in the crowd. The Gang injuctions that kept a lot of kids in Northeast from facing more danger that they still go through now. I could go on..we need Jose Gardea in this district to continue the path that Councilman Reyes has set!
nonoise September 11, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Gold line came in many years ago. Where has Reyes been since then? He did not get sound proof windows for the residents that live along the gold line so what good was he? Gang injunctions were done by the city attorney's office, not Reyes office. There have been no community meetings. And, I could go on. Seems like Reyes likes meetings up in Mt. Washington and not in poorer communities. I guess he likes to stick close to home, he lives in Mt. Washington. He never comes out to see how Highland Park or Cypress Park residents are doing. He only cares about the upper class in Mt. Washington. He sticks close to him. I do not support anyone who works for Councilmember Ed (do nothing ) Reyes.
nonoise September 11, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Since Jesus Rojas is running, he should be invited to this event too.
The MOG September 11, 2012 at 08:14 PM
And lest we forget, Reyes sprung from the political loins, so to speak, of Mike "Coke-head" Hernandez. That's quite a pedigree for CD1! Aye Carumba! Haven't we had enough of that kind of thing? Why must we vote for the status quo? Because the alternative is "One Bill" Gil, that's why. The One-Bill being Driver's Licenses for illegals. That is for more repugnant than the standard incompetencies we're apparently use to already!
Tom Williams September 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Where was Jose's and Jesse's photos??? Cedillo came up with the Dream Act when he knew he was termed out and need to move into CD1 and get some votes. What have JC and GC done? 1. SR-710 - ER/JG signed on to Garcetti's resolution and what did that do ZERO - it ain't an ordinance and ED/JG just let the LADoT to support the MTA process which gave us both a tunnel under Mt.Wash and up in SanRafeal At least GC showed his true colors but with different home addresses and worked over SoPas and Pas...Not a real tunnel and not a real surface freeway - go in between with a cut-and-cover - cut a hole, build a double floor and bury it a build a lineal park 2. SW Museum - What did they do - Nothing again - Talk about other thing --- Where is the other candidate - Jesse Rosas trying to help - bringing back the SWMuseum and stopping the Tunnel/Road/Arterials etc called SR-710 with a real transportation program for CD1... What will they do for Mt.Wash, Lincoln Heights, Chinatown, and Rampart for ALL not just those that pay their bills ???? Give all equal chances to convince us .............Support Democracy - All Candidate - mix it up and provide pictures for all three ...you guessed it - No Vote for the SR-710 chief supporter for the last five years....and before Tom Wms
David Fonseca (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Tom, there has been a photo of Jose located in the media box all along. Did you miss it? Jesse is not participating in the event, according to the information I received, so I did not post his photo.
Tom Williams September 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Yeah I saw the "photo" - was that supplied by Jose or just picked off of a web site - Yeah John looks pretty good, oh but he's not running yet and ed is termed out, and Dan looks strange with his cap on....Oh year I guess Jose must be the other guy??? But why advertize, without comment, 2 rather than all three of the candidates - two establishment candidates - The Story should have been why is the MWAssoc. sponsor a meeting of only two of the candidate ratherr than one or three??? Why don't they have - Lopez and Gomez where it is a proper process?? Tom
Rosalita Jump September 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I guess there are people who do not know Rosas well enough to know his past, or there would be no conversation about him on City Council. Not being an insider is not enough of a qualification.
The MOG September 12, 2012 at 01:19 AM
@nonoise, do you know where I can find info. on Jesus Rojas? Does he have a web page? Thanks, because I couldn't find one!
Tom Williams September 12, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Cedillo does not know his project...We defeated the tunnel for SoPas and not for ElSereno (=most east point in all of LA) back in the 1990s. Now it is a tunnel from Alhambra Ave. to California Blvd...but he ain't an engineer and maybe not those in MTA as they want to bore a tunnel thru the foundations of many houses and ArroyoSeco Freeway.... In a few words - it is a mess but it is in our front and backyards in El Sereno, next to the Westmont Alhambra area, all of SoPas and lots of SW Pasadena - BUT IF IT IS THIS BAD CAN WE BELIEVE Can we really believe they will change and get it right??? Do we trust MTA/CT and those that have been supporting them for the last 5 years rather than what they are saying during the next 5 weeks... Tom
Tom Williams September 12, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It smells too much - was it from the Salton Sea or maybe it was really the Arroyo Seco and the LA River, get your kayak. Tom
Tom Williams September 12, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Roaslita He tried and did reasonably well for a non-name recognition candidate four years ago for CD1 which I call one of the 7 dragons as they are so gerrymandered as to make CDs a joke Rampart ot Highland Park - but we go with the hands dealt or change the game OBTW why not state facts rather than vague references - and the Truth will make some free.... Better Yet What are the important issues for CD1, US east of the River, and the rest of US - West of the River to US101 and those SW downto the I-10 - it is a weird Wesson/AV Dragon district.... Tom
nonoise September 12, 2012 at 03:07 AM
JESSEROSASCD1@AOL.COM That is his email address unless it has changed.
The MOG September 12, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Boy, Tom! You said it!
nonoise September 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Jesus Rosas is a community activist. He works for the community for free. He knows the problems of the community. Anyone that works for the community, and does some real work, and works for free, is a person that deserves a lot of credit and support.
nonoise September 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
http://www.rosas4citycouncil.org/Home_Page.html http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nelalist/message/23791 Vote for anyone that is not a career politican, Vote for Jesse Rojas.
ChickenBoyFan September 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Cedillo= Clueless about Highland Park, Career politician, Big phony who has never really had any presence or influence in CD1. Gardea= Can run circles around Reyes, Not politically jaded, Leading the cause to clean up, and create a better Veteran's Park, Knows the lay of the land here in Highland Park, as well as the players. It really is a no brainer, folks. GARDEA
David Fonseca (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Tom, I appreciate your comments and curiosity. As you know, the election is in March. I look forward to providing accurate information about all the candidates--including Jesse Rosas--and the issues. That is Patch's mission, after all. This brief was just to alert residents about the upcoming event, but now that you mention it, I will inquire as to whether Mr. Rosas was invited. As far as the photos go, I think it's only serves to benefit Mr. Gardea to show him at a community event. It was the only photo of him that I had, and I did not think it fair to only run one of Mr. Cedillo, who tends to be photographed more frequently.
El Cid September 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
My two cents - I know Jesse Rosas. I volunteered countless hours along his side for the betterment of HP. And, I believe any reasonable person will logically conclude the seat for CD 1 is between Mr. Gardea or Mr. Cedillo. Best wishes to all the candidates, including Jesse Rosas!
Tom Williams September 13, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Reasonable and Logically in the same statements with council seats, candidates, and elections seems counter-logic and Non-reasonable... Lets go for what seems to be missing - What do we want for NE-LA: CD1, CD13, and CD14...we have chances at CDs 1 and 13 - wait couple of years for 14...What is Good and What's Bad and how can we and the NCs make it better...others have gotten better with the same resources...We can TOO...Then WHOEVER says/states/swears to work to make them real...gets support.
George Magallanes September 13, 2012 at 08:10 AM
This shoild be a good first debate. Jose is and Cedillo are virtually tied in a recent polling.
ChickenBoyFan September 13, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Attention all Amnesiacs!: Jesse was treasurer of the last( not the current) Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council that got de-funded due to ?? Mis- management of funds, maybe? I don't know. What I do know, is that when your NC gets decertified it doesn't make you look like you could be a leader. That's all. Please feel free to weigh in.
nonoise September 14, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Tom, for 12 long years with Councilmember Reyes, no one asked what residents of CD1 wanted. Only yuppies from other areas were asked about what they wanted for the LA River and they do not live in the district. No one was asked what they wanted. In a recent Greater Cypress Park neighborhood council meeting, the guy from CD1's office asked what we wanted. What? After 12 years of doing nothing? He said now that Reyes only has 10 months left he wants to do something. What? Guess, what? It is too late. Mr. Do Nothing, is just that, do nothing. Reyes is trying on a rush to do something so that his 12 years in office as a "do nothing" look like he did something. Sad, very sad. Sad for the residents in his district.
nonoise September 14, 2012 at 02:37 PM
David, did you find out if Jesse was invited? Or asked?
David Fonseca (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Yes, I did. Did you see the update? He was not invited.
nonoise September 14, 2012 at 03:03 PM
David, a very, very BIG thank you for the update. I think all candidates should be invited. Shame on Mt. Washington Association for not inviting all the candidates!! Shame, shame, shame, on them.
The MOG September 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
"One Bill" Gil can afford to take MWA for granted. La Raza will secure his victory anyway...people in this district have a history of voting against their own self-interest...so, they can have the "privledge" of voting for a member of their own ethnic/racial group. That must stop, if ever their is going to be real, and meaningful change from the status quo.
Xrosas September 17, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I don't know what kind of politician he is but I always see him eating at La Abeja so I know he knows the neighborhood unlike do nothing Ed Reyes.
nonoise November 10, 2012 at 03:18 PM


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