Support local democracy; pit mobs-Editorial: Larchmont Chronicle

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, from just over Cahuenga Pass in the San Fernando Valley, tweeted about the unrest in city council chambers on August 9. Comptroller Kenneth Mejia, whom Krekorian cites) is a proper line of inquiry, and candidates should let us voters know where they stand. Attached is the August 9 Tweet from Mr. Krekorian:

“In yet another attack on constitutional democracy, for the second time in a week, a small crowd of extremists once again disrupted a public meeting of the City Council today. In doing so, they broke through a security barrier, physically threatened the Council and attacked police officers. One of them was arrested two steps from my office.

“At least one mayoral candidate, Kenneth Mejia, was present and pushed the protesters from the front rows. After the crowd was ordered to disperse and the council chambers were cleared, Mejia did not call for de-escalation or denounce the threats and attacks. Instead, he bragged about being part of the protest and used it to raise money for his campaign. Mejia apparently stands in solidarity with those who commit crimes and attack law enforcement when they cannot get what they want through the legislative process.

“There can never be an excuse or rationalization for this kind of lawless anarchy. The people of our nation cannot tolerate rabid extremists entering public buildings and threatening public officials with the intention of shutting down the government, regardless of their views.

“Every Angeleno should be outraged by what happened today in their town hall. Anyone who seeks to be a leader in this town must actively speak out against this kind of nonsense in clear and unambiguous terms. Every candidate for municipal office must inform people now – do they support orderly government and dialogue, or do they support anarchy and chaos?Will they find ways to bring us together or encourage those who would destroy our government?Community leaders, elected officials and candidates for office, as well as legitimate media sources, must speak with one voice in rejecting attempts by ill-advised mobs to steal the democratic process, whether on Capitol Hill, at the State House of Michigan or Los Angeles City Hall.”

Editorial by John Welborne, editor

Key words: City Comptroller, City Hall, Election 2022, Kenneth Mejia, Los Angeles City Council Member Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles City Hall, Los Angeles Election 2022, crowds at City Hall

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