Vera Gets Stonewall Endorsement, Puza Leads Youth Forum, Zirgulis Drops Flyers, Rizzo Drops Out

The City Council race moves forward with one more online events, endorsements and one candidate bowing out. 

This week, the Stonewall Young Democrats voted to endorse only Albert Vera for Culver City Council. “I am thrilled to have the support of the Stonewall Young Democrats, a group that is literally on the front lines of advocating for equality and our shared progressive values,” Vera stated. “I look forward to working with them on the issues facing the LGBTQA community in Culver City and beyond.” Stonewall Young Democrats is a community of dedicated youth passionate about political and societal issues. They strive to give voice to LGBTQA youth, and are chartered with the California Young Democrats. 

Freddy Puza opened a new focus for the community on August 22 with “Conversations with Freddy; Youth Leadership” a conversation that is available on YouTube at Puza offered “Youth are our future leaders. It’s essential that we support and uplift their voices and concerns as they mature into leaders in our community,” Puza said. “I was humbled to host a panel of speaker who are so passionate and driven to create a better society. Keep your eyes on these rising stars.” The conversation featured Elizabeth Mendez of Vote16 Culver City, LaShyra Nolen of Harvard Medical School, Nosheen Maung of POC4Change, and Adrian Narayan, a staffer for Congresswoman Katie Porter (D- 45).

Puza also won endorsement from Vice Mayor Alex Fisch.”I know from serving alongside Freddy on the City’s Committee on Homelessness that he is smart, hard-working, considerate of all viewpoints, and always guided by what’s right.” 

Candidate Robert Zirgulis has kicked off his campaign by dropping 5,000 flyers on Culver city doorsteps. “I get good exercise taking my dogs along with me when I go door to door dropping off flyers.  I’m a substitute teacher in the Culver City School District and I sometimes get a chance to meet some of my students.  That is one of the things I like about the small town atmosphere we have here and I want to preserve it as much as possible.”  

Candidate Anthony Rizzo is rumored to have dropped out of the race. Rizzo was one of the candidates interviewed in an ‘invitation only’ forum held by Protect Culver City. As there was never an official announcement of his candidacy, the news of his ending his participation in the the race was in the same muted tone. 

Judith Martin-Straw

The Actors' Gang

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