At a campaign kick-off on Sunday Jan. 22, City Council candidate Jim Clarke offered his thoughts on why he was running for council. The crowd, which included Congresswoman Karen Bass, offered their attention to Clarke’s statement.
“I’ve lived in Culver City for 17 years. I first moved into Raintree in 1977. Work and family matters had me move away twice but I have always come back home to Culver City and have lived here 11 of the past 15 years.
When I left Culver City to go to Washington, DC to become chief of staff for our former Congresswoman Diane Watson, Culver City was still this quiet and relatively-unknown small town community. I loved it because it was close to everything – LAX, downtown LA – with great weather. I returned four years later to find that Culver City had become the “hot-spot” on the Westside with a vibrant downtown and it was no longer an unknown.
But I also found Culver City had retained its neighborly small town community character. And that is one of the reasons I am running. Because I love Culver City and I want us to continue to be a vibrant “hot spot” but also a great place to live and to raise a family.”