After taking office in 2013, City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti got busy appointing his supporters to key city commissions. As the city prepares to fight the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative, which forces the city to follow their own rules for development, it has emerged one of the mayor’s commission appointees, has pledged their support to get the initiative on the November ballot.
Rene Dake Wilson was appointed to the commission, in 2013, alongside 64th Assembly District candidate Marta Segura, to ensure quorum. Dake Wilson has elevated to the commissions Vice-Presidency and Marta Segura is no longer on the commission.
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A presumed relative of Ms. Wilson’s, Glen Dake, was also appointed to the Metropolitan Water District (WMD) board, by Mayor Garcetti in 2013.
Today an article appeared on the California Planning and Development website, listing Dake Wilson as a supporter of the initiative, being funded by the AIDS Health Foundation (AHF).
2 Urban Girls reached out to AHF Senior Director of Communications, Ged Kenslea, who confirmed she is a supporter.
AHF continues to display their political power after successfully getting another controversial initiative on this November’s ballot, which will require condoms in porn. Sen. Isadore Hall heavily supported that initiative.
Is this Mayor Eric’s low-key way of endorsing the initiative? Former Mayor Richard Riordan is also counted as a supporter.
Apparently, someone over at Homeboy Industries reminded Father Greg Boyle he has a business operating inside of City Hall and he rescinded his support for the initiative.
Read the full text of the initiative by clicking here.
Clearly this initiative has people confused. The editor of CP&DR, Josh Stephens, reach out to 2 Urban Girls stating Dake Wilson is not supporting the initiative. The article wasn’t clear, initially, in stating whether those cited in the article were supporters or not.
If Ms. Dake Wilson doesn’t support the inititiave, it would imply she supports the city council going against the very zoning laws her commission is there to ensure adherence to.