Meghan Sahli-Wells Jams at Akasha

camera 15City Council candidate Meghan Sahli-Wells held her first fundraiser at Akasha Restaurant on Wednesday, Dec 16. A crowd of hungry supporters gathered for the sold-out celebration, sampling seasonal treats while feeding the campaign’s growing momentum.

Culver City’s holiday lights sparkled in the cool night air outside Akasha’s windows as some of the city’s luminaries showed their support for Sahli-Wells in the City Council election to be held next April 13. The festive atmosphere befit the holiday season.

Among the candidate’s many endorsers at the event were Vice Mayor Chris Armenta, City Councilmember Gary Silbiger, newly elected School Board member Karlo Silbiger, California Democratic Party Secretary and former Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Jim B. Clarke, 47th Assembly District Environmental Commissioner Tom Camarella, former School Board Member Barbara Honig, Culver City Sister City Committee President Kathleen McCann, Culver City Committee on Homelessness Vice-Chair Cary Anderson, and Downtown Neighborhood Association Co-Founder Judith Miller.

The “Jam Session” celebrants were treated to a selection of Chef Akasha’s signature housemade jams and chutneys, paired with delectable cheeses and several varieties of wine.

Culver City Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ronnie Jayne served as the MC for the evening, introducing Chef Akasha, who described her fascination with the process of jam-making, and her affection for the Culver City community.

Meghan Sahli-Wells also briefly addressed the group, thanking them for attending, and adding, “It is an honor to have so many wonderful people here. I know that it’s hard to give in these times, but the fact that you’re here shows how important this election really is.

“We’re here tonight because we believe in community empowerment, sustainability, diversity, and respect for our neighborhoods,” she continued, touching on some of the cornerstones of her campaign.

Meghan Sahli-Wells is an experienced community organizer, co-founder of two neighborhood organizations, and currently serves on two Culver City Council-appointed committees. Her candidacy is founded on five principal goals she is fighting for: safe and vital neighborhoods, fiscal health, responsible development, green initiatives, and community participation.

For more information about “Meghan Sahli-Wells for Council 2010,” including a list of her supporters, a detailed platform description, and ways to donate to or support the campaign, please visit the website at, or send email to [email protected].

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