Los Angeles City Council District 12
which includes neighborhoods in
Chatsworth, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, North Hills, Reseda, Winnetka, Canoga Park, West Hills, Lake Balboa, West Van Nuys, and Encino

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ENDORSEMENTS
State Sen. Fran Pavley
Supervisor Linda Parks
Councilman Chris Holden
Julie Korenstein
Former Los Angeles Unified School District board member
Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (DP/SFV)
United Teachers of Los Angeles
Click here for more complete list of endorsements

EXPERIENCE
Brad and his wife Maria have been involved in the 12th District for more than a decade, including neighborhood councils and their childrens’ public schools
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Thank you all for your encouragement, support, and hard work these past few months. We were a true grass-roots effort, dependent on volunteers, and raised less than a tenth of what the insider's campaign received from special interests, and yet we still took more than 25 percent of the vote. That is pretty amazing, folks, and you deserve the credit. We should all be proud of what we did with so few resources in comparison, and especially in getting out the message of the campaign that our neighborhoods and their residents should come first, not developers or donors from outside the district, the city, and even the state.

Maria and I were honored to have met people in the community and our campaign volunteers - you have proven that you really do put "Neighborhoods First."

All the best, 
Brad

 
Campaign Hours and Headquarter Information
GET OUT THE VOTE WEEKEND Through ELECTION TUESDAY
Friday through Monday: 9 am to 9 pm - Phone Banking, Walking and other tasks
Election Tuesday: 6:30 am - late night - Canvassing and Phone Banking
Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
You are all invited to our election night wine & cheese while we watch the election results get posted.
Contact: Julie Carson, volunteer coordinator bsmith.volunteers@gmail.com
Location: 17535-A Chatsworth Street, Granada Hills, CA

Listen to Brad's interview with KRLA's Martha Montelongo
on February 26, 2011.

Martha Montelongo Show 02-26-11

It's insider vs. five outsiders in 12th Council District
By Kevin Modesti, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/05/2011 05:23:56 PM PST
Brad Smith (no relation to Greig Smith) emerged as the leading alternative to Englander among voters interviewed following candidate forums in Chatsworth and Granada Hills.
"If someone who is not the anointed candidate even gets into a runoff, it will be an earthquake in the city of Los Angeles," said Brad Smith, a Granada Hills neighborhood-council activist who works as a business-development specialist at Pasadena-based Parsons Corp.
read more . . .

Editorial:
City Hall cuts have been paltry and insignificant; that's why people need to send a message by voting Tuesday

Posted: 03/05/2011 10:14:21 PM PST
It's a little surprising that more than three years into a nationwide budget crisis, and after several hundred layoffs, city leaders need to remind department heads to trim expenses. If departments haven't complied already then it's likely that it will take more than a strongly worded letter to alter management styles. A few heads must roll.
But that's won't happen with the kind of feeble leadership and long-overdue prescriptions we saw coming out of City Hall last week. Angelenos deserve leaders who will address the city's problems with bold, intelligent action. We want real reform, real change in City Hall. And we can send a message this very week - by voting on Tuesday.
read more . . .

Upstarts relying on volunteers
By Kerry Cavanaugh, Columnist
Posted: 02/28/2011 08:24:05 PM PST
Renee Anenberg - a volunteer for North Valley candidate Brad Smith - has offered to hand deliver vote-by-mail applications to people she calls. . .
read more . . .

Old Granada Hills LA City Council District 12 Candidate Forum
When: Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Granada Hills Charter High School, 10535 Zelzah, Granada Hill
Rawley Hall - Next to Library off Main Entrance
more . . .

Radio interview with Cameron Datzker
Listen to Cameron Datzker of LA Talk Radio's interview with Candidate Brad Smith

(Click on the February 25 Show Date)

Brad Smith, a parent of four children in Los Angeles public schools and a candidate for Los Angeles City Council District 12, has been endorsed by the United Teachers of Los Angeles, which represents more than 45,000 professional educators and support staff in the largest public school district in the nation.

Smith, born and raised in Council District 12 in the northwest San Fernando Valley and a graduate of Los Angeles Unified School District public schools and the California State University, lives in Granada Hills. He has been active as a parent at multiple LAUSD campuses, including elementary, middle, and high schools.

Listen to Brad's interview by KRLA host Kevin James where he discussed the city budget, the need for new leadership in the council, and his commitment to use one-third of the $180,000-a-year council salary for the district's needs!
• Hour 1 Segment 2
• Hour 1 Segment 3

Videos Online
Granada Hills Candidate Interview

Neighborhood Councils Forum, Jan. 31, 2011 Part 1
Part 2

 


Thank you for visiting the Brad Smith for City Council Web Site. Within weeks, the voters of the 12th council district will have an opportunity to make history! For more than 30 years we have been ruled by incumbency and incompetence.

HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH?
   
Council District 12 is at a cross-road: we must decide whether to protect and maintain our existing residential neighborhoods, or allow unlimited development. The current leadership has given us decades of over-development and traffic, and only paid lip service to residents' concerns.
The city of Los Angeles is also at a cross-road: whether we chose to live within our means, and fund only the essential public services while rebuilding our existing infrastructure, or continue to spend taxpayers’ money on special deals for special interests.

IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!
Over the past few weeks Smith for Council volunteers have been reaching out to their neighbors through coffees, walking precincts, and telephone calls. Please consider joining us. To volunteer please contact our volunteer coordinator at jcarson@smithforcouncil.net.

We need you to invest in our campaign, just as the City if Los Angeles needs to invest in re-building our manufacturing economy. If not, we will continue to lose out economically, as good white collar and blue collar jobs flee the city for out of state and overseas. We can restore manufacturing jobs in Los Angeles.

I have worked in the private sector in highly competitive industries my entire professional life; I know what it takes to deliver a project on time or early and on or under budget. City Hall needs to learn how to do the same. I can help make that happen.

Today, the mayor and the City Council are cutting spending on city parks, libraries, and all of the other services that make our community an inviting place to live. Very few are cutting their own office budgets or salaries significantly, and at a time when the shortfall in the city’s general fund – which pays for police and fire services, parks and libraries, and basic needs like street maintenance and tree-trimming – faces an estimated $350 million shortfall, there are roughly $900 million in taxpayers’ funds in the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s treasury.

These are the very funds that would be used to assist local government’s delivery of services – including for public schools – if the reorganization of California’s CRAs proposed by Gov. Brown goes forward. In the choice between the possible future economic benefit from redevelopment projects and the delivery of basic services today, there can be only one decision. This is not a difficult choice to make for anyone who values serving the people who live in Los Angeles, over those who simply wish to profit from our city.

I have pledged publicly to take one-third of the council salary - $60,000 – and dedicate it to needs here in the district, from sidewalk repair to tree-trimming. Don’t forget, the Los Angeles City Council is the highest-paid in the nation; elected officials need to walk the walk when they are asking Angelenos and city employees to tighten their belts. To do otherwise, in this time of crisis, is an abdication of leadership.

As long-time residents of the northwest San Fernando Valley, my wife Maria and I have done our best to try and maintain our neighborhood as the kind of community we grew up in: a safe and livable neighborhood within the city of Los Angeles.

From the neighborhood councils to City Hall, Angelenos need to fight to protect our community, and I am ready to lead that fight! I need your vote on March 8 for Los Angeles City Council. Please check out the rest of the website! E-mail smithforcitycouncil@gmail.com for more information or call 818-527-0770.

Very respectfully,

Brad Smith, Los Angeles City Council Candidate, District 12