At its February 28, 2018 meeting, the Heart of LA Democratic Club (HLADems), a new Los Angeles County-wide Democratic club which promotes equality and the full representation of women in local, state and national politics, voted to endorse Alex Fisch and Albert Vera for Culver City Council. The City elections will be held Tuesday, April 10.
HLADems President Lindsay Carlson says, “Our candidate questionnaire, townhall, and interview questions covered a wide-range of topics—from policies and issues that concern feminists and families, to local issues specific to Culver City, such as traffic and transportation, the environment and fracking, gun violence, city budget, school safety, housing, and taxes. Our executive board and membership (many of whom are Culver City residents) agreed that both Alex Fisch and Albert Vera demonstrated a strong grasp of the local, regional, and state issues; have inclusive and nuanced perspectives and solutions; and are prepared to serve as Culver City Councilmembers, representing the people, the businesses, and the entire community.”
Alex Fisch is a 15-year resident of Culver City, with two children in local schools. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from Berkeley, and his law degree from UCLA. He is chairperson of the Culver City Committee on Homelessness and is an attorney who specializes in environmental law on behalf of the state to fight for clean air and water, and hold oil companies accountable.
Alex demonstrated that he has taken the time to study and understand the complexities of the many issues facing Culver City and will find achievable solutions that will benefit our entire community. In particular, we believe that Alex’s experience as an environmental attorney and working with cities on issues relating to budgets and solvency will be an asset to the City Council, particularly as the City faces budget challenges and negotiates environmental issues such as the Ballona Creek runoff cleanup and the matter of the Inglewood oil field. We particularly appreciated Alex’s stated commitments to support and lead efforts to increase women’s representation in the City’s leadership positions.
Albert Vera is a life-long resident of Culver City and owns and operates a small business that has been in the community for decades. Albert serves as a Culver City Civil Service Commissioner and has demonstrated a strong record of civic engagement and generosity in all corners of the community, the city, and its people, by serving on the Culver City Landlord/Tenant Board, the Human Resources administration, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce, and the Culver City Palms YMCA Board of Managers. He has also worked with the Sandy Segal Health Center on providing healthcare, particularly to female students, and the Upward Bound House, a nonprofit that helps children and families who are experiencing homelessness (frequently women who have recently divorced or have experienced domestic violence) find permanent, supportive housing. Albert has demonstrated a deep and thoughtful involvement in the community, and he has a unique real-world understanding regarding the dynamics between Culver City residents (including the particular issues pertaining to women, students, lower income residents and seniors) and its businesses, as well as the challenges that face the City.
About the Heart of LA Democratic Club
Founded in March 2017 on the heels of the Presidential election, the Heart of L.A. Democratic Club was founded in recognition of the growing awareness within the Democratic Party that women should be fully and equally represented both in the political community and the national body politic. Heart of L.A. Democratic Club is open to all Democrats who subscribe to the club’s goals and purposes regardless of their gender identity. The mission of the Heart of L.A. Democratic Club is to help make the Democratic Party, the body politic and its elected officials responsive to, and responsible for, the needs of all people, particularly, though not exclusively, women in our community. In addition to endorsements, HLADems actively participate in political advocacy, as well as voter and community outreach. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers who include Democratic candidates, experts on policy and political processes, reproductive justice, homelessness, and more.