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With Sheila Kuehl saying she won’t seek another term as the Los Angeles County Supervisor representing Malibu, the race to find a successor in 2022 is wide open.
On Tuesday, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon endorsed 50th District Assemblyman and former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom for the seat.
“There is no one better equipped to lead Los Angeles County through the challenges we face than Richard Bloom, and I’m proud to endorse his campaign for supervisor,” Rendon said of Bloom.
Bloom, said the speaker, “has helped deliver landmark legislation related to a staggering breadth of important issues, including expanding affordable housing and public transit, combating the opioid epidemic, improving access to health care, supporting veterans, creating jobs, and protecting the Santa Monica mountains.”
Democrat Bloom has represented the 50th District since 2012. The district includes Malibu, Agoura Hills, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and West Los Angeles.
He served for more than a decade on the Santa Monica City Council and as mayor.
A former state senator and Assembly member, Kuehl, 80, joined the Board of Supervisors in 2014, beating ex-Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver to replace termed-out Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
She’s not going out with a bang.
According to Daniel Guss at the opinion website CityWatch, Kuehl, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom “deserve the lion's share of the blame for the ongoing deadly outcomes” pertaining to covid. The trio, Guss writes, “wore us out by issuing un-scientific social distancing orders while each was busted violating them.”
For Kuehl, the transgressions included being among the majority voting to ban outdoor dining in Los Angeles County — and arguing how deadly dining outdoors is — then rushing out to her favorite Santa Monica eatery to dine outdoors.
The filing period for the June 7, 2022, election is Feb. 14-March 11.