Dear Editor – CPK for Leadership

Light bulb 0003Since the beginning of the campaign cycle, Christopher Patrick King, has been the only candidate who has supported a local ban on hydraulic fracturing, gravel packing and acidization used to extract oil and natural gas. Since the chemicals used in fracking are known carcinogens that have been shown to pollute air and our ground water, Chris wants to assure that we have clean air and water in our neighborhoods. Fracking has been shown to cause earthquakes. The Inglewood Oil Field is the largest urban oil field in the U.S., sitting on a 7.4 earthquake fault, and Culver City is sitting on 10% of that field. Chris wants to ensure that our health and safety are protected with a local ban on fracking similar to that of the City of Pittsburg which has had a ban for the last four years.
As of Monday’s City Council meeting, Christopher is no longer the only candidate to call attention to a local ban on fracking. Our current mayor, Jeff Cooper, called to quickly schedule a local ordinance against fracking on next meeting’s agenda. As an environmental activist, I am happy to see Mr. Cooper change his stance on fracking but I am very concerned as to his reasons. Last year, the City Council sought input from the residents in revising its oil and gas ordinance. I was one of the citizens who provided written recommendations in the summer of 2013. We were told that the City would incorporate all our suggestions and return to us with a revised ordinance in September of last year. It has been six months and we are still waiting. Only a week ago, Mr. Cooper maintained strongly that he would not support a local ban on fracking at the Culver Crest Neighborhood Association’s candidates forum. Is Mr. Cooper changing his opinion on fracking as a political move to gain support from an idea that Christopher King has been advocating all along? While I want Mr. Cooper to act strongly on the issue, I am concerned that it is only because of the pressures of an election cycle that we are seeing this change of heart.
We need innovative, compassionate and visionary leadership to lead Culver City into the second decade of the twenty-first century as our City celebrates its centennial in 2017. I believe that Christopher Patrick King is that leader. Please vote for him on April 8th.
Khin Khin Gyi, M.D., Ph.D.
Board Member: Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
Los Angeles Neurological Society
Member: Sierra Club

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