Bobby Shriver Formally Announces Bid For County Supervisor

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014, 3:28:00 PM

Parimal M. Rohit

Bobby Shriver addresses the media at a press conference at Will Rogers State Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Photo by Parimal M. Rohit
Bobby Shriver addresses the media at a press conference at Will Rogers State Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

With the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean as his backdrop,

former Santa Monica mayor and council member Bobby Shriver formally

announced his candidacy Tuesday morning for Los Angeles County

Supervisor.

With key local and national dignitaries, including his sister Maria

Shriver and Santa Monica City Council members Bob Holbrook and Tony

Vazquez, standing beside or near him during his announcement at Will

Rogers State Beach in the Pacific Palisades, Shriver said he is running

for county supervisor to “fix things,” “shake things up at the county,”

and “make it transparent.”

“I am an entrepreneur not a career politician, and I am committed to

solving tough problems in LA County … and get projects done on time and

on budget,” Shriver said. “I can do this because I have done it before.”

Shriver, the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy, cited his

work on the Santa Monica City Council, where he spent eight years as

mayor, mayor pro tem, and council member.

Specifically, he

pointed out his work in helping Santa Monica maintain an annual balanced

budget and AAA credit rating, building housing and providing services

for homeless veterans, and pushing to have Santa Monica Bay cleaned up.

The issues Shriver hopes to address should he be elected to the Third

Supervisorial District, which is currently held by soon to be termed-out Zev

Yaroslavsky, include minimizing homelessness, addressing reports and

allegations of abuse and misconduct in county jails, job creation,

foster care, traffic and gridlock, the current drought, and possible

modernization of fire and police protection.

“I will continue my 10-year effort to end homelessness among veterans

in Los Angeles,” Shriver, one of the nation’s leading advocates for

homeless veterans, told the press. “Phoenix and Salt Lake City have

literally ended homelessness among vets. So can we.”

The former Santa Monica mayor also stated he, if elected, would push

for a rail line directly into LAX. Currently, the Metro Green Line drops

off LAX-bound passengers about two miles shy of the airport.

An iteration of Metro’s proposed Crenshaw Line, which connects the

Green Line at the 105 Freeway to the Expo Line in Leimert Park, would

drop airport-bound passengers right at the airport.

However, the Metro board is reportedly leaning closer toward a plan

where, similar to the Blue Line, LAX-bound passengers would be dropped

off about two miles away from the airport and take a shuttle bus to his

or her respective terminal.

For San Fernando Valley residents, Shriver vowed to fight for the

region’s “fair share of transportation funding to cut gridlock.”

Another key issue for Shriver was accessibility and transparency.

In September 2013, a Los Angeles Times report observed the five

county supervisors enjoy substantial political clout and power yet,

prior to the enactment of term limits, were not subject to any

noticeable level of oversight.

When asked by The Mirror how he would change such a perception should

his supervisorial campaign become successful, Shriver noted the

citizens of Los Angeles County should have as much access to the process

as possible.

As a start, Shriver suggested having the supervisorial meetings be held at different locations across the county.

“I thought the meetings should move around a little bit,” Shriver

told The Mirror, adding how meetings of the Santa Monica Parks and

Recreation Commission were held in various locations to maximize

community input.

“It’s tough to get down there (to the supervisorial meetings). It’s

downtown, it’s $20 (for parking). I hope we’ll be able to move the

meetings around and people will have access … to the process than they

have had,” Shriver added.

Each supervisor represents about 1.9 million constituents. While the

supervisors meet at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in downtown

Los Angeles, the five-member board represent people as far north as the

Antelope Valley, which is about 75 miles away.

Shriver also advocated for a citizen oversight committee to monitor

and bring reform to the LA County Sheriff’s Department and a cleaner

local water supply.

Also attending Shriver’s formal announcement Jan. 21 was Santa Monica

planning commissioner Richard McKinnon, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School

District board member Ben Allen, and former Los Angeles council member

Dennis Zine.

Bill Carrick, who was a strategist for Eric Garcetti’s mayoral

campaign last year, will be advising Shriver’s supervisorial

race.

Shriver will be facing off against former state lawmaker Sheila

Kuehl, former Malibu mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, and West Hollywood

Council member John Duran.

A voter-approved initiative, Measure B, was approved in 2002 and curb

limits for supervisors to three four-year terms (12 years).

Yaroslavsky was elected to the Board in 1994.

The third supervisorial district Santa Monica as well as Beverly

Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, San Fernando, West Hollywood, Westlake

Village, and a handful of unincorporated areas such as Agoura and

Universal City.

Currently serving on the Board are Michael D. Antonovich, Don Knabe, Gloria Molina, Mark Ridley-Thomas, and Yaroslavsky.

In addition to Yaroslavsky, Molina is also termed-out this year.

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