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Bobby Shriver Announces Candidacy for Board of Supervisors PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 23 January 2014 02:00


PACIFIC PALISADES (CNS) - Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has announced his candidacy for the Third District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, saying he wants to "shake things up. "I want to fix things. I want to shake things up at the county, to get it done, make it transparent,'' Shriver said in a news conference at Will Rogers State Beach. "I am an entrepreneur, not a career politician, and I am committed to solving tough problems in L.A. County.

'' His work on the Santa Monica City Council included fighting to build housing and provide services for homeless veterans and spearheading an effort to clean up the Santa Monica Bay, "so that kids do not get sick when they swim and to protect local supplies of drinking water,'' Shriver said. Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich have all declared their candidacies for the seat.

Incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky is barred from seeking re-election because of term limits. The district covers the western part of Los Angeles County, including the Westside, most of the San Fernando Valley, the Conejo Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains to the Ventura County line. The 59-year-old Shriver is co-founder and chairman of DATA and (PRODUCT)RED. DATA, an acronym for Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa, lobbies governments on the issues of debt, AIDS and trade policies as they affect Africa.

(PRODUCT)RED engages prominent businesses to make (RED) branded products and invest a significant portion of the profits in programs intended to eliminate AIDS in Africa. Shriver co-founded both organizations with Bono, singer of the rock band U2. Shriver is a former chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. He was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 2004 and reelected in 2008. Shriver produced the first prime-time television program on the Special Olympics World Games and nine "A Very Special Christmas'' records, which have raised more than $100 million to support Special Olympics organizations around the world.

Shriver is the oldest child of R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. His father was the founding director of the Peace Corps and the Office of Economic Opportunity and Democratic Party vice presidential nominee in 1972. His mother founded Special Olympics, which organizes year-round athletic training and competition for disabled individuals. Shriver, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, highlighted his family ties. He is also a brother of former California first lady Maria Shriver.

"I come from a family tradition of making a difference in people's lives. And let me tell you, Los Angeles County needs that difference.'' He laid out a laundry list of problems facing the county, including a 15 percent jump in homelessness over the past two years, a drop in jobs, the indictment of 18 former and current sheriff's deputies in connection with abuse of jail inmates and visitors and longstanding issues such as traffic and water supply.

Shriver also jumped into the middle of a contentious issue already before the Board of Supervisors' race, saying he would support citizen oversight of the Sheriff's Department as a way to bring "immediate and real reform.'' "I want your vote. I want your neighbor's vote,'' Shriver said. "I want to work with you to make our county great again.''

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