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PSL candidates address L.A. County Board of Supervisors

This past Tuesday, Party for Socialism and Liberation County Supervisor candidates Marylou Cabral and Stephen Hinze addressed the sitting Board of Supervisors during the public comment portion of their weekly meeting, challenging their opponents on the L.A. Unified School District’s $560 million budget deficit, the LAPD’s reputation of racial profiling and brutality (51% of the county budget goes to the LAPD, by the way), and the recent ICE raids against undocumented immigrants in Southern California.

Cabral, running in the fourth district, noted her disgust at the recent killing of Long Beach resident by LAPD officers. Cabral directly asked her opponent Supervisor Don Knabe “What are you doing, Mr. Knabe, for these communities that are in the most need of funding, other than sending over racist cops that casually shoot at unarmed people of color?” The presiding member of the board immediately moved on with no response from Supervisor Knabe.

Stephen Hinze, running in the fifth district, then began his statement with a preface that incumbent Supervisor Michael Antonovich will not debate him publicly. Hinze spoke out against the City of Sylmar’s attempts to impose a new gang injunction law, calling it a “racist attempt to criminalize the Latino youth of the area,” and reiterated his opposition to the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

The primary election for the LAC Board of Supervisors will be held June 3rd, and is officially non-partisan. Hinze is the only candidate opposing Supervisor Antonovich, while Cabral is in a three-way race against incumbent Knabe and Dr. Jay Shah, a local physician and county employee. Knabe, Cabral and Shah were all recently profiled in the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

A video of Cabral’s statement and most of Hinze’s can be found on the PSL’s homepage (no direct link to the video or embed code appear to be available).

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Fred Church Ortiz


  1. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | May 31, 2008

    Thanks GE. I’m worried that I’m slanting too Californian and L.A. with it, but this seems to be where all the action’s been over the last couple weeks. I’ll be watching the PFP primary and these races closely on Tuesday night.

  2. Fred Church Ortiz Fred Church Ortiz Post author | May 31, 2008

    I’ll make two comments here.

    First, I was watching the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, knowing that these two would be speaking. However, I didn’t see either of them. What I did see, after the feed from the meeting started several minutes late, was the Supervisors glad-handing each other and their friends over such crucial issues as the fact that it’s Women’s Health Month and the incorporation of several small ethnic chambers of commerce into one large racial chamber of commerce. Having just watched this video, I see that the first public comments I saw came from the people in line to speak after Stephen Hinze finished his statement. I don’t know for a fact whether the feed was kept off to prevent these guys from being broadcast or if I somehow just managed to miss it, but I’m suspicious as hell and plan to contact these candidates about it to see if they can clear it up.

    Second, though I’m not in any way sympathetic to socialism, I’ll have to vote for this Cabral character. I invite you all to look into Knabe’s record and positions and Shah’s command of the English language to see why.

  3. G.E. G.E. May 31, 2008

    Fred is doing a great job covering the far-left / socialist parties.

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