Mayor, Supervisor Quick to Endorse Furutani

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City News Service

Assemblymember Warren Furutani, a candidate for Janice Hahn’s 15th District City Council seat, picked up a few key endorsements Thursday, including one from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, School Board President Monica Garcia and Councilman Paul Koretz also threw their support behind Furutani, who represents Carson, Lakewood and other parts of southern Los Angeles County in the State Legislature.

Furutani is one of four candidates who got into the race as soon as Hahn won the congressional seat vacated by Jane Harman. The other candidates are Rudy Svorinich Jr., a harbor-area city councilman in the 1990s; Pat McOsker, the head of the Los Angeles Fire Department union; and Joe Buscaino, an senior lead officer assigned to the LAPD’s Harbor Station.

“I am deeply honored to have such strong support from city, county and educational leaders in Los Angeles,” Furutani said in a statement. “I have spent my life fighting to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and I look forward to continuing that work as a member of the Los Angeles City Council.”

Furutani’s district overlaps with about a third of the council district, which extends from the Port of Los Angeles north in a narrow band along the Harbor (110) Freeway to Watts. He has lived in San Pedro for 20 years, according to his campaign.

Furutani, a Democrat, made headlines in June for his involvement in a scuffle on the floor of the Assembly. He and Assemblymember Don Wagner, an Orange County Republican, nearly came to blows over comments Furutani thought offended Italian Americans.

Wagner likened two bills requiring community redevelopment agencies to pay the state in order to operate to a shakedown scheme out of “The Sopranos,” a popular HBO series about a Mafia family. The two later announced a reconciliation.

The City Council is expected to vote next week on holding a special election Nov. 8 or appointing someone to fill out Hahn’s term, which has about two years left.

McOsker was endorsed Wednesday by the California Nurses Association.

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