**Reposted courtesy of 2UrbanGirls.com**
KPCC reporter Frank Stoltze pondered in a recent article of his “What happened to LA Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka?“. After reading yet another article discussing the closure of Paul’s campaign office and his failure to return his phone call, 2UrbanGirls immediately called Paul to arrange meeting over lunch. He responded immediately and confirmed. We chose to meet in Gardena to discuss his candidacy and squash rumors he dropped out of the race.
We sat down for a great lunch and Paul was shocked to find out I took the bus from Inglewood to meet him. We then went on to discuss how I felt about the safety on LACMTA, since the L.A. County Sheriff provides the security. I explained how I only see sheriff’s present on the Expo Line, Red Line and of course they are all over the Blue Line. Rarely, if at all, do I see them on the bus lines. I shared a recent incident on the northbound 210 where gang members were ready to fight and I was all but begging the driver to let me off.
Paul shared that he primarily takes the Gardena transit lines and the Metro lines heading into the South Bay, which are safer than the lines traveling northbound through South Los Angeles. He feels you should feel safe on any Metro line, whether its bus or rail, since it is the responsibility of the Sheriff’s department to ensure that they are.
We also discussed his campaign office and why Stoltze is so obsessed with his office being closed. Paul isn’t running for President of the United States is he? It got to the point that Tanaka’s campaign had to put out a tweet to tell everyone he is still in the race. Why should he? Is Stoltze doing his homework on other candidates offices who are closed as well during the summer months? 2UrbanGirls did.
Tina McKinnor, campaign manager for 62nd Assembly candidate Autumn R. Burke, was contacted about their office being closed. Reached on Sunday, McKinnor was very open about the fact the lease only ran through June and they would start back up in three weeks. When i asked if this were standard, she replied:
yes. Residents have heard from us for two months and they don’t need to hear from us during the summer.
Brittany Crockett, campaign manager for 64th Assembly candidate Prophet Walker, also shared their office is closed until the campaign kickoff on September 20th. Crockett also found it interesting this topic was even worthy of an article.
Paul Tanaka is doing nothing differently than any other campaign in the South Bay. His office and team will ramp up in September and don’t be surprised when you hear the Urban Girls voice on the other side of your phone.
We wrapped up our lunch with Paul giving me a lift back to Inglewood. After our discussion on the safety of the buses, he wanted to ensure not only that I made it safely but also assured me if he is elected as the next Sheriff of Los Angeles County, he would ensure there would be more deputy presence on the bus lines. As a regular bus rider, that’s very important to me.