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Endorsers Praise City Council Candidate’s Service, Commitment and Vision
Organizers Bonnie and Matt Seeberger hoped their campaign kick-off for Meghan Sahli-Wells’ re-election run for Culver City Council would attract enough people to justify all the planning and preparation the campaign put into it. They figured their house could comfortably fit 50 or 60 people, but there was no way of knowing how many would attend. The couple was surprised when an unexpected crowd of well over a hundred supporters filled their home on Hepburn Circle, and spilled out onto the sidewalk.
“We knew Meghan’s support was strong, but it was really gratifying to see this incredible turn-out on a Saturday afternoon, said Bonnie Seeberger. “It’s a testament to the appreciation so many of us have for Meghan’s first term in office, which has been marked by a succession of effective initiatives for improving life in Culver City.”
Meghan Sahli-Wells is running for one of three City Council seats in the election April 12, 2016.
The event was emceed by Downtown Neighborhood Association Chair and long-time supporter John Flynn, who introduced a series of speakers describing Sahli-Wells’ hard-working, hands-on approach to governing, her ability to collaborate and find common ground, and her willingness to respect the opinions of all Culver City residents.
California State Senator Holly Mitchell spoke about partnering with Sahli-Wells on a number of successful efforts. Other speakers included Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Sydney Kamlager, and Dr. David Haake, Chair of Sierra Club’s West Los Angeles Group, who emphasized Sahli-Wells’ stellar environmental record.
Former School Board President Nancy Goldberg spoke about Sahli-Wells’ commitment to making Culver City the best possible place to raise kids, while Dr. Janet Holt, Culver City’s Honorary Artist Laureate, read an inspiring poem in support of the candidate.
Also present were Councilmember Jim Clarke, and School Board Member-Elect Dr. Kelly Kent, as well as several former elected officials and current and former City commissioners. Sahli-Wells has received the endorsement of the entire City Council, Congresswoman Karen Bass, the Sierra Club, several School Board members, and has gained strong support from the community at-large.
When it was her time to speak, Sahli-Wells noted a number of achievements in her first term on the Council, including a municipal fiber network for Culver City businesses and schools, and a budget surplus for City government despite the State’s elimination of re-development funds. “We’ve gone from dipping into the reserve to meeting and exceeding our reserve targets,” she told the crowd. “Now we’re investing that money in key infrastructure: from tree trimming, sidewalk and street repairs to police dashboard cameras, and improved training facilities for our firefighters."
Sahli-Wells also stressed the many housing challenges facing Culver City, and the importance of transportation and safety issues, water conservation and sustainability efforts.
For more information on Meghan Sahli-Wells’ City Council campaign, please visit her website at www.vote4meghan.com. And don't forget to vote April 12, 2016!