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Political Shifts for the Northeast Valley PDF Print E-mail
Written by Diana Martinez   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 05:24

Newly elected San Fernando city councilman Jesse Avila, newly elected Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, San Fernando City Councilman Antonio Lopez and Police Officers Association President Irwin Rosenberg at Denny's Restaurant in San Fernando following their victory parties.

If political shifts could be measured in magnitudes there was a massive earthquake in the Northeast San Fernando valley Tuesday, Nov. 6, on election night.

The old guard that was viewed as Teflon for many years found itself replaced.

Perhaps the biggest upset came for longtime favorite Congressman Howard Berman, who lost to Brad Sherman. Berman had 39.5 percent of the vote total (71,420), while Sherman had 60.5 percent (109,311).

The race between the senior politicians became so heated that video cameras caught the them going nose-to-nose in a confrontation during a candidates forum at Pierce College, with Sherman locking his arm around Berman shouting, "You want to get into this?" But as the margin grew wide Tuesday night, Berman conceded the difficult race that cost a reported $13 million, releasing the following statement: "Brad Sherman will be the next Congressman from the 30th Congressional District. I congratulate Brad and my friend Tony Cardenas, who will have the honor and solemn responsibility of representing the San Fernando Valley in the 113th Congress. I wish both of them the best of luck and the wisdom and strength to confront and overcome the challenges that face our nation. I will do whatever I can to ensure a cooperative and orderly transition."

Another significant loss was felt by Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcon, who was beaten by fellow Democrat Raul Bocanegra in the state Assembly (39th Dist.) race.

Bocanegra received 58.5 percent of the vote (47,419). Alarcon had a 41.5 percent vote total (33,633). While Bocanegra never before held an elected office, he easily defeated Alarcon. Bocanegra had worked previously as an aide to one-time L.A. City Council President Alex Padilla, and also worked previously for Alarcon as well as Felipe Fuentes as his chief of staff. Bocanegra said he believed the voters saw through the campaign mudslinging, and regarded a sexual harassment allegation hurled at him early in the campaign as a "desperate measure" by the Alarcon camp.

Alarcon wasn't able to shake his baggage, as he currently faces 17 felony counts of perjury and voter fraud for allegedly living in Sun Valley, outside his L.A. City Council district. While he continued to claim that he lived in a much more modest house inside his district in Panorama City, his neighbors said otherwise.

Alarcon has held various statewide and local offices, and has been criticized for being a "career politician." This loss could represent the end of the political road for Alarcon.

Bocanegra, following his victory party, went to a Denny's restaurant for a late night meal. The same spot members of the Recall committee gathered. Congratulations were exchanged.

"I will do whatever I can for San Fernando," Bocanegra said. Tony Cardenas easily won the new 29th District congressional seat, getting 74.2 percent of the vote (28,564), to defeat closest challenger David Hernandez who received 5.8 percent of the vote (2,233).

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Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 05:29