So wonders the LA Weekly‘s Patrick Range McDonald in his piece on the current contest to represent California Assembly District 50, “one of the wealthiest Democratic districts in California — and the nation“, in Sacramento:
“This district is La La Land,” says Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science geographer Paul Robinson, an expert on social issues in California. “It’s divorced from the reality of what’s happening in other parts of L.A.”
And, given the issues in the campaign, it seems from the real problems of California — and from the real world — as well. This district stretches “from the Pacific Ocean and tony Malibu eastward to the mansions of exclusive Hancock Park, and encompassing such communities as Topanga Canyon, Santa Monica, the Pacific Palisades, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Larchmont Village and the Hollywood Hills“.
McDonald dubs my candidate, openly gay “Republican Brad Torgan, 50, the truest of outsiders in this race”. Brad finds the battle between the two top Democrats in the race, California Assemblywoman Betsy Butler and former NGLTC Executive Director Torie Osborn “annoying to watch. . . . When I see them at community forums, it’s obvious that there’s a lot of tension. Whether they admit to it or not, the vibes are that they don’t like each other.”
Butler, Osborn and [Santa Monica Mayor Richard] Bloom [a third Democrat in the race] . . . are trying to forge a crunchy coalition of white folks: canyon people in the Santa Monica Mountains, gays and lesbians in West Hollywood and other enclaves, beach people in Santa Monica and Malibu, ex-hippies and neo-hippies, environmentalists, entertainment-industry hotshots, lawyers and academics, feminists, social-justice activists, vegans, animal-rights activists, surfers and rich philanthropists.
The beating heart of the Obama coalition? Read the whole thing; it’s a good read and a great piece of political journalism.
NB: I tip my hat to Glenn Reynolds for reminding me about this piece; I’m on Patrick’s listserv and had intended to read the piece when he alerted us about the piece last week, only didn’t get around to it. So, thanks, Glenn for the helpful reminder!