The Valley Sun on Feb. 3 reported that the La Cañada Flintridge Republican “committee” endorsed three City Council candidates (“Republicans endorse three for council” by Joe Piasecki).
Al Restivo and his La Cañada Flintridge Republican Club, which is the chartered name of the group, has no authority to speak for the Republican Party regarding endorsements in nonpartisan elections where more Republicans are running than there are seats available. Five of the seven candidates for three seats are Republicans. One of the candidates Restivo’s club endorsed isn’t even a Republican, which a Republican Club is explicitly forbidden to do.
Restivo’s immediate superiors are the elected members of the 44th Assembly District Republican Committee, for which Peggy Mew is the current chairwoman. This committee, in turn, is under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles County Republican Central Committee, currently led by Jane Barnett. Only Jane Barnett’s committee is empowered to make exceptions by endorsing individual candidates in nonpartisan elections.
If Restivo operated within the chain of command, he would recommend candidates for endorsement to the 44th AD Republican Central Committee. The Committee would then interview them. If members vote to recommend them for endorsement, they take their case to the LA County Central Committee. Members of the County Committee then take a vote. If a candidate is approved by a majority of its more than 100 members, they are officially endorsed by the Republican Party.
Restivo also defied the 44th AD Republican Central Committee by referring to his club as a “committee,” a term that has special significance in the Republican Party hierarchy. The Central Committee has explicitly told him not to do this. His Republican Club has no authority other than that granted to his organization by the 44th AD Republican Central Committee.
La Cañada Flintridge voters should know that the Republican Party has not yet endorsed any La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidates, and that Al Restivo is not the voice of the Republican Party in our town.
David C. Wilcox
La Cañada Flintridge
The writer is an alternate member of the 44th Assembly District Republican Central Committee
Trouble communicating with the city
I was most intrigued by the title of the “Piece of Mind” column in the Valley Sun last week — time for us to participate. It was not the subject of the comment, but the difficulty in getting our city government to allow us to participate was what it brought to mind.
After 28 years as a superior court judge, I and several friends have taken the training at the local sheriff's office to be certified as Community Emergency Response Team members. It was there that I learned that La Crescenta has a large and viable volunteer CERT group directed by volunteer leaders, but La Cañada, with someone paid to lead, has nothing.
Several judges here have tried to communicate with the city government about organizing but get no response.
In a major emergency when there are not enough professionals to help our residents, CERT is a resource that can help, but not without an organization. Perhaps you can help.
Thanks for your time and your most informative paper.
La Cañada Flintridge
Questioning the endorsements
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