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Ron Kaye: Getting along to run the city

April 06, 2013

Everybody loves cops and firefighters who protect our lives and property so when you get a slate mailer in the middle of a heated election campaign that looks like these public servants are supporting candidates based on their personal merits, you probably take it seriously.

Not so in the case of "Glendale Firefighters for Better Government," a totally misleading moniker for a business run out of a modest house in Long Beach. Still, City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian and other candidates coughed up as much as $1,000 for the privilege of being listed as getting its support.

Not so in the case of slate mailers with the headline "Glendale Law Enforcement Voter Guide" over the photo of a cop in his patrol car. In almost invisibly tiny print, it carries a tiny disclaimer saying, "Appearance in this mailer does not necessarily imply endorsement of others appearing in this mailer, nor does it imply endorsement of, or opposition to, any issues set forth in this mailer. Appearance is paid for and authorized by each candidate and ballot measure which is designated by an *."


The address given for the origin of the mailer is 4700 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1050b, Los Angeles, which happens to be the office of David Gould, a professional campaign treasurer for Kassakhian and several other candidates in this election.

Elections, even in suburban towns, aren't quite what they were in the good old days. Consider the $51,670 that the Chicago-based National Assn. of Realtors Fund spent on behalf of local Realtor Rick Barnes.

Fortunately, money doesn't always talk. Barnes finished seventh in a field of 12, just behind Edith Fuentes and ahead of Mike Mohill, according to the unofficial tally.

Kassakian won re-election easily. Councilman Rafi Manoukian ran unopposed for city treasurer, putting all his efforts into a $20,000 campaign to crush Measure A that would have eliminated his new post as an elected position.

The top vote-getters in the City Council and school board races were both Armenians — incumbents Ara Najarian and Greg Krikorian.

Zareh Sinanyan and Chahe Keuroghelian ran third and fourth for the three council seats and Armina Gharpetian captured third place for the three school board seats, helping to push incumbent Joylene Wagner down to fifth among seven candidates, although the outcomes won't be final until 3,500 mail-in and provisional ballots are tallied.

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