Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board Member Ben Allen has earned the endorsement of Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, in his bid for the 26th State Senate District.
"I am excited to endorse Ben Allen, who is the candidate best suited to represent Senate District 26 as our next Senator. Through his experience as former President and current Member on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, Ben has demonstrated that he is a true leader and able to creatively problem-solve while ensuring our taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and effectively," said City Controller Ron Galperin.
"I am so grateful to have the endorsement of City Controller Ron Galperin, who has been a trailblazer in making the City of Los Angeles more transparent and accountable and given Angelenos new information and tools - through data and technology - to see how their tax dollars are spent at City Hall," said Ben Allen.
Elected 20th Controller of the City of Los Angeles in 2013, Ron Galperin was the first member of a Neighborhood Council to be elected to a City-wide office in Los Angeles. For many years, Galperin has been a leading voice advocating for government reform, cutting budget waste, and helping businesses create jobs. As Chair of the Los Angeles City Commission on Revenue Efficiency (CORE), Galperin found new revenue sources and budget savings to deliver more services to City residents. As both President of the City of Los Angeles Quality and Productivity Commission and as a member of the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission, Galperin identified best practices within City and County departments and implemented them throughout Los Angeles.
With his endorsement, Galperin joins a long list of well-respected elected officials, who are backing Allen, the only candidate who grew up in the District and who has represented Californians as a public servant at the state and local levels. He has earned the endorsements of some of the region's most popular and respected leaders, including U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Grace Napolitano; former U.S. Representatives Anthony Beilenson, Howard Berman, Yvonne Burke, and Mel Levine; State Senators Fran Pavley and Jerry Hill; former State Senators Tom Hayden and Alan Sieorty; Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and former Los Angeles County Supervisor Ed Edelman; Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, Steven Bradford, Isadore Hall, III, and Adrin Nazarian; former Assemblymembers Terry Friedman, Warren Furutani, Richard Katz, Tony Mendoza, and George Nakano; and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, and Tom Labonge.
Ben Allen placed first among a crowded field in the open primary for the 26th State Senate District, held on June 3, 2014.
The 26th State Senate District consists of the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, El Segundo, Avalon, Lomita, Torrance, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills; the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Westwood, Westwood Village, Bel Air, Holmby Hills, Little Holmby, Sunset Hills, Beverly Grove, Mar Vista, Mid City West, Miracle Mile, Larchmont Village, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Fairfax, Carthay, Fremont Place, Hancock Park, and Windsor Square; and the unincorporated Los Angeles County communities of Marina Del Rey, San Clemente Island, Santa Catalina Island, Franklin, Centinela, and Ocean View.