Times Endorses Martinez
The editorial board that brought you Carmen the Clown Trutanich now endorses Rudy Martinez, which has delighted scattered Republicans throughout Council District 14.
Like Trutanich, Martinez was originally registered as Republican; he registered Democrat only in August of last year, just before entering the race for one of LA's most Democratic districts--facts the Times told its readers in neither endorsement case.
But while it would have been nice for the Times to demonstrate precisely what they believe Martinez will bring to the District as "a restaurateur and a house flipper," it's pretty obvious from reading the endorsement that the Times is determined to remain completely untethered to reality in this race, nearly as much as Weekly is.
For those of us who have been following the race for months, the idea that Councilman Jose Huizar "relies primarily on mail" is simply a lie, for instance. We last counted 28 community meetings that Huizar has attended in the run-up to the election, and when we were at the University Hills Neighborhood Council meeting to interview the Councilman, it was obvious to us that the Councilman had been there many times before.
But this endorsement could be worth five to ten points in the District, which may put Martinez in the mid-thirties on election day. It's even possible that now Eric Hacopian will start returning our calls again; his candidate is on the map.