|(Oct. 28, 2019, 11:35 p.m.) -- Cindy Allen, who on Oct. 14 entered a multi-candidate field seeking to unseat 2nd dist. Council incumbent Jeannine Pearce, held her campaign kick-off on Oct. 28 at LB's Hotel Maya.
The event drew multiple current and former LB officials including former LB Mayor Bob Foster and former LB First Lady Nancy Foster...
...3rd. dist. Councilwoman Suzie Price, LBUSD Boardmember Megan Kerr and LBCC Trustees Sunny Zia and Doug Otto. Also present: the immediate past president of LB's politically active Police Officers Ass'n, retired LBPD Lt. Steve James.
Ms. Allen was introduced by John Thomas, an incoming Mayor-chosen member of the City's Economic Development Commission and the outgoing President of the Bluff Hts. Neighborhood Ass'n [2nd dist.]
To hear Ms. Allen's remarks in full, click here. (8:20, MP3 file.)
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|In March 2020, 2nd district residents will either re-elect incumbent Pearce or elect a new 2nd district Councilmember outright (if any of them receive over 50%+1 of the vote) or, more likely in a multi-candidate field, send the top two finishers to a November 2020 runoff.
Three other challengers (Ms. Allen will make four) out of seven candidates thus far have filed paperwork to raise funds, the most active (until now) being Robert Fox and Jeanette Barrera.
Ms. Allen previously owned/published LBPost.com (acquired in mid-June 2018 by Pacific6) and previously owned/operated LB's ETA advertising/marketing agency (sale to L.A. based Blume Media Group announced Oct. 1.) Among those present at Ms. Allen's campaign kick-off was Adam Carrillo, a member of ETA's team now an Executive VP for Blume Studios; Mr. Carrillo is also the spouse of state Senator [former 1st dist. Councilmember] Lena Gonzalez.
Ms. Allen, a former LBPD officer, is the spouse of Randall Allen, a former LBPD Commander (retired in or about Oct. 2018.)
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Ms. Allen has contributed sums to the election, re-election and/or officeholder accounts of a number of LB officials:
Council incumbent Pearce, who narrowly outpolled Eric Gray in a June 2016 runoff, faced and survived a December 2017 launched/2018 failed recall [signature gathering botched/fell short] but ended up censured in March 2018 by her Council colleagues (LBREPORT.com coverage here.)
In 2019, LB's City Attorney's office issued a report that concluded/alleged that Councilwoman Pearce hadn't fully disclosed certain outside income on annual required FPPC Form 700, which the City Attorney's office said created conflict of interest issues on certain Council votes/issues (LBREPORT.com coverage here.) LB's City Prosecutor's office has referred related matters to the L.A. County DA's office for its review (in process now) and FPPC staff is also separately looking into the matter.
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