(Editor’s note: the following letter was submitted to the L.A. Times editorial board and is reprinted with permission in CTN. For a quick summary of the controller candidates, visit: )
Dear L.A. Times editorial board:
The Pacific Palisades Democratic Club board of directors strongly objects to your endorsement of Kenneth Mejia for L.A. City Controller.
Mr. Mejia’s defamatory smears against elected public officials, including a sitting president, indicate that he thrives on inflammatory rhetoric as a political tool in this charged atmosphere of partisan politics. Your endorsement acknowledges that the Controller must work “cooperatively with city leaders to carry out the office’s agenda.” We argue that a candidate who resorts to baseless and incendiary claims pronounced on Twitter is unlikely to work cooperatively with a wide range of stakeholders with differing viewpoints.
While Mr. Mejia has deleted his tweets, he deflects scrutiny by charging that objections to his deplorable tactics are a result of his campaign’s “winning” in the field. The LAT endorsement only adds fuel to that claim.
Our club has not made an endorsement in this race, but we do have a clear conviction that candidates who rely upon smears and slander should not serve in any public office — particularly not in the Controller position, which demands transparency and honesty in service of government.
We ask that you withdraw your endorsement of Kenneth Mejia as L.A. City Controller.
President, Pacific Palisades Democratic Club
on behalf of the board