|Declaring victory | Photo, CD2|
"Fifteen months ago, the voters of Council District 2 sent a powerful message that was heard throughout Los Angeles when they rejected special interest domination and demanded community empowerment and true reform in the halls of power," Councilmember Paul Krekorian said. "It has been my privilege to be their voice and their advocate in City Hall, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together in the short time since that election."
On December 8, 2009, Councilmember Krekorian was victorious in a hard-fought election in which he was outspent nearly 3 to 1. Since taking office, he has passed legislation to create more than 5,000 jobs by giving local businesses preferential treatment when bidding for contracts with the city; persistently called for reforms in the Department of Water and Power; ensured the continued vitality of neighborhood empowerment and, recently, questioned the frenzied rush to support the creation of a National Football League stadium downtown.
"Tonight, the people again have spoken clearly and have restated their demand for reform, accountability and effectiveness," Krekorian continued. "I am honored that by giving me this overwhelming victory, the voters of my district have validated the work that my staff and I have done and the vision that we have for the future. But there is much more work to be done and the road ahead will not be easy. The City's unprecedented budget crisis will force its government and its people to make very difficult choices in the months ahead. Above all else, though, our most important and perhaps most difficult mission is to solve the crisis of confidence in our city government. That mission is one that I remain committed to accomplishing, with the continuing support and partnership of the people of the San Fernando Valley."
Councilmember Krekorian lives in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and three children.