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Folks, it's a non-partisan election

February 02, 2011|By Anita Brenner

Unfazed by the Pasadena Tea Party snafu, the La Cañada Flintridge Republican Committee has now chimed in with its endorsements for our non-partisan City Council election, set for March 8.

Seven candidates are running for City Council: Don Voss, incumbent; Laura Olhasso, incumbent; Mike Davitt, a planning commissioner; James K. Hill, a former planning commissioner; Jacqueline Harris, R.N., a private citizen; Robert Richter, a private citizen; and Charles Kamar, longtime schools booster and the owner of the Union service station at Alta Canyada and Foothill.

The two dozen members of the La Cañada Flintridge Republican Committee have come out with their endorsements. The two dozen committee members interviewed Voss, Davitt, Hill, Richter and Harris. Local businessman Charlie Kamar and council incumbent Laura Olhasso did not attend. The two dozen committee members voted to endorse Voss, Davitt and Hill.

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The La Cañada Flintridge Republican Committee is not only local, but it clearly outnumbers the Pasadena Tea Party, an out-of- town organization that had the audacity to endorse three candidates (Voss, Davitt and Olhasso) without interviewing any of them. Olhasso rejected the endorsement.

We are all waiting with bated breath for Voss, Davitt and Hill to come out against these partisan endorsements, particularly from out-of-town organizations.

Several other groups have thus far refrained from issuing endorsements. The Republican Club of the Foothills has not yet issued endorsements in this non-partisan city-council election. Nor has the local Democratic Party. Nor the Libertarians. None of the churches on Foothill Boulevard have issued endorsements.

Do they know something that the other clubs have forgotten? That this is a non-partisan election? That there should be no foreign policy questions on this pop quiz? Abortion is not on the ballot. Gun control is not on the ballot. The death penalty is not on the ballot.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in a non-partisan, non-denominational forum, Flintridge Prep’s headmaster, Peter Bachmann, will moderate a candidate forum next Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Flintridge Preparatory School, 4543 Crown Ave., La Cañada. The seven candidates will present their election platforms and answer questions during this forum.

The event is co-sponsored by the LCF Coordinating Council and both of the La Cañada Kiwanis clubs. All three are local, non-partisan groups.

Prep is an awesome venue for this. Easy parking. Wonderful auditorium. Comfortable seats. Great sound system. Most likely, cookies and punch.

Bravo to Flintridge Prep for hosting this event.

ANITA SUSAN BRENNER is a longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and an attorney with Law Offices of Torres and Brenner in Pasadena. E-mail her at anitasusan.brenner@yahoo.com.

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