|(Feb. 12, 2020, 6:45 a.m.) -- Five entities and one individual contributed $42,500 to An independent expenditure PAC supporting the re-election of 6th district Councilman (Vice Mayor) Dee Andrews and 8th district Councilman Al Austin.
Between January 28 and February 4, 2020, the "Ethical Leadership PAC, supporting Al Austin and Dee Andrews for City Council 2020" received the sums below from the following sources:
These sums add to $14,500 in contributions (previously reported by LBREPORT.com) from the following sources:
Council incumbents Andrews and Austin cast Sept. 19, 2017 votes against Council enactment of "Claudia's Law," a hotel-worker protective ordinance that would have assisted labor efforts to organize unrepresented LB hotel workers. The measure was opposed by LB hotel industry/hospitality interests, narrowly failed on a
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As separately reported by LRBEPORT.com, two independent campaigns funded by organized labor have surfaced supporting challengers to the two incumbents in the 6th and 8th districts.
In the 8th Council district, a "Committee on Behalf of Working Families To Support Tunua Thrash-Ntuk For Council," Sponsored By Labor Organizations," has been funded to date with $125,000 in three contributions: $50,000 from "United Food and Commercial Workers Active Ballot Club (California)" based in Washington, D.C. and $25,000 from "Dignity California SEIU Local 2015 PAC (based in Sacramento.) and $50,000 from UniteHere! Local 11. Eighth district Council incumbent Al Austin, seeking a third term, faces challenges from Ms. Thrash-Ntuk as well as Reform Ticket candidate Juan Ovalle.
In the 6th district, four unons (Dignity SEIU, IBEW Local 11, Sheet Metal Air, Rail Transportation Workers and UniteHere!) gave a total of $277,500 to the LA Couhty Federation of Labor from which the Federation allocated an estimated $40,000 in an independent campaign to elect Suely Saro.
Vote by mail ballots began flying Feb. 3. If no candidate receives 50%+1 in the March 5, 2020 race, the top two finishers proceed to a November 2020 runoff.
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