It is hard to imagine that it is election time again, and yet: Here we are. – On March 8, 2011 many of you are marching to the voting polls to cast your votes on those you have chosen to be deserving of your vote.

It seems to be the first in a very long time that every single incumbent of the Los Angeles City Council race has a challenger, including Tom LaBonge, who is trying to be reelected in City Council District 4.

Mr. LaBonge was not available for an interview with us despite repeated attempts in writing and in person to meet with him. However, his two challengers sure were interested in letting you know who they are and what they stand for.

We met with Mr. Stephen Box to find out more about the reason why he is running for city council and what his main issues are with the city in general, regulations on Cell Phone towers and yes, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles.

He seems to have a vast knowledge of almost any issue that the city of Los Angeles is facing right now.



When we met up with Mr. O’Grady we found out that he, too has had his run ins with City offices and he has learned fast that the best way to get anything accomplished is by doing it yourself.

He also understands that this is not the way to do things in city as large as Los Angeles; that the people deserve better. They deserve a representative who can roll up his sleeves and go to work.

We asked Mr. O’Grady what he believes is necessary to bring back the district, neighborhood by neighborhood.


It seems that the Incumbent has his work cut out for him during this 2011 city election, especially since both of his challengers simply can’t wait to get their say in City Hall in order to bring the Great City of Los Angeles out of the red ink and back onto its feet.

Now you have to decide which candidate will deserve your vote on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011. Will it be Tomas O’Grady? Or will it be Stephen Box? Or perhaps even the incumbent Tom LaBonge?

We’ll see you at the voting polls, where you will make your voice be heard by casting your vote!

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming elections, please contact the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office via 3-1-1

3 Comments to “MEET BOX & O’GRADY”

  1. Joey B. says:

    these are two great choices to keep in mind. like they say: anybody but LaBonge.

    too bad he didn’t want to meet with HNN-TV. i wonder why? – then again: it’s his loss!

    Joey B.

  2. Scott Zwartz says:

    Error! I intended to write: “If *STEPHEN BOX* wins, the Park will have a strong advocate inside City Hall.”

  3. Scott Zwartz says:

    So it’s a choice between Box and O’Grady? Their ideas are not that much different. Either is better than LaBonge, who has watched $1.5 Billion of property tax dollars disappear into the CRA. That’s the major reason we don’t have money to repair pot hole and Angelenos are loosing millions of dollars to blown tire, ruined suspensions, mangled rims. So Labonge’s developer buddy and billionaire, Eli Broad, can have the City build $52 M parking garage next to his art museum.

    So which is it — Box or O’Grady?

    A big difference between Box and O’Grady is Box has several years of experience in many parts of CD #4 from North Hollywood, through all of Hollywood, Silverlake, Toluca Lake, Hancock area, mid Wilshire. Box has supported the Hollywood Grove HPOZ in Los Feliz and the Garfield Park on the N/W corner of Hollywood and Garfield. Box has been a consistent supporter to stop Labonge’s persistent efforts to deprive the neighbors of the park. If Labonge wins, the Park will have a strong advocate inside City Hall. Box has spoken out again corruption in City government and has called for the City to have its own Criminal Prosecutor who can prosecute City Hall people who steal the public funds. Box attended every City budget meeting, but LaBonge and O’Grady attended none of them. Box has been everywhere and he knows the in’s and out’s and the quirks of the councilmembers and the various staff at city hall — Yes, Box has seen the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

    O’Grady, on the other had, is limited to one part of Los Feliz. He did not even get around to supporting the Hollywood Grove HPOZ which is part of Los Feliz, but at the other end of Los Feliz. There is no indication that O’Grady has any experience with any other CD #4 neighborhood, whereas Box has not only worked with coalitions and organizations throughout CD #4, but he has been walking the streets for months and months. That is how he found out about the problems with the careless placement of cell phone towers in and near The Oaks. There was a time when Box too had very limited experience, when he had not mastered the city budget problems, when was not familiar with parts of CD 4 much beyond his home — but that was years and years ago.

    We need Box as councilman as he won’t be learning on the job. In another 5 or 6 years, O’Grady will probably gain enough experience to be an admirable councilman. Better yet, O’Grady may end up as chairman of the school board. Lord, knows the City schools are in dire straits, and O’Grady has a huge passion for education. O’Grady has certainly placed time, fame and fortune into the local schools.

    Why have two good men fight for the same position when Box is ready for City Council and O’Grady is nearly ready to take on the School Board?

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