Voter guide to the L.A. city controller election: Paul Koretz vs. Kenneth Mejia
Paul Koretz, the mayoral candidate of the Coalition for L.A. City Government, says that the most important thing Californians should learn about his opponent, Kenneth Mejia, is that the current L.A. County Board of Supervisors candidate is a racist.
During the last two years, while serving as an elected county supervisor of East Los Angeles, Mejia has served as an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department and worked as a security consultant for the city of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Koretz says that Mejia’s appointment by Los Angeles County voters as the city controller will have a number of negative consequences for California residents and taxpayers.
The mayoral candidate says that during the Los Angeles City Controller’s race, Mejia “has a history of racism.”
Here are some of the things Koretz says Mejia has done and believes the controller will do as controller:
The Los Angeles Times has reported that Mejia has been involved in the hiring and firing of city employees and police officers. The Times also reported that in 2012, when Mejia worked as an officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, he tried to recruit a young black men to join the LAPD but was rejected.
Mejia has also been involved in his community by working with gang members, writing books and being involved in anti-illegal immigration rallies, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On the night of July 1, 2013, more than 3,000 people marched in New York City demanding that the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, take action and stop the deaths of young, unarmed black men at the hands of the police. Koretz has also said that Mejia “wants to ban firearms in city buildings and his campaign website says Mejia has a plan to ‘impose a gun control agenda.’”
Koretz has also said that Mejia “is a radical politician who wants to ban handguns and guns