Santa Monica Lookout
|Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver Announces County Supervisor Bid|
By Jason Islas
January 22, 2014 -- Flanked by friends and family, former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver announced his bid for L.A. County Supervisor Tuesday morning calling himself a “political outsider” and a “philanthropist” working in the private sector for social causes.
Ending months of speculation, Shriver addressed the crowd of some 50 people gathered at Will Rogers State Beach to witness the member of the Kennedy family attempt to make inroads into high-level politics.
“I come from a family with a tradition of making a difference,” said Shriver whose father Sargent Shriver founded the Peace Corps and his mother Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics.
Shiver’s sister, former NBC anchor and former California first lady, Maria Shriver and his nieces were in the audience.
Shriver, who served eight years on the Santa Monica City Council, winning his seat by record numbers, would go from representing a city of 90,000 to governing a district of 1.9 million. ("Bobby Shriver Says Goodbye to Santa Monica City Council," December 27, 2012)
Shriver told the crowd, which included two Santa Monica City Council members, former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor and former L.A. City Councilmember Dennis Zine, that he wants to “move the County government into the 21st century.
“I co-founded DATA, ONE and (RED) to fight poverty and disease in Africa,” he told the crowd, referring to organizations he launched with U-2 singer Bono. “These are successful entrepreneurial organizations.”
With less than six months before the June 3 primary, Shriver is the fourth candidate to enter the race to replace 3rd District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who terms out in December after 20 years on the five-member Board.
Former State legislator Sheila Kuehl, also a Santa Monica resident, has been gunning for Yaroslavksy’s seat the longest. Kuehl, who was elected California’s first openly-gay lawmaker in 1994, started her campaign last March.
West Hollywood City Council member John Duran, a criminal defense lawyer and another openly-gay politician, announced his bid for Yaroslavsky’s seat in November. Former Malibu mayor Pamela Ulich is also in the race.
Yaroslavsky -- and 1st District Supervisor Gloria Molina -- will be the first two Supervisors to leave the Board due to term limits adopted by voters in 2002.
With the other three Supervisor seats turning over in the next four years, Shriver believes the time is ripe for dramatic change in the way the county, home to 10 million people, is governed.The Board oversees a $25 billion budget which pays for a vast network of vital social services for the region’s neediest people, including child foster care, hospitals, homeless services and law enforcement.
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