District Attorney George Gascon’s radical policies have made LA County dramatically less safe. Per CCPD statistics, crime in Culver City is up nearly 50% since he took office in January 2021. There is little debate that the next district attorney needs to quickly and effectively undo the damage he has done.
Many candidates have stepped forward to claim they would do exactly this. Except for a couple candidates, challengers all agree on this platform.
Hatami came seeking our endorsement in such a field of qualified and well funded challengers. Our endorsement of him is not a criticism of these others, who we expect to support should they make it past the primary election.
We are endorsing Hatami because his story sparked our members with enthusiasm. His is a simple story of a survivor of child abuse, who’s dedicated his life to giving victims justice and closure for crimes committed against them. His role in the Gabriel Fernandez child abuse case got 30 million views on Netflix. People know him and are ready to go to bat for him.
For us at Protect Culver City, that’s what matters. Endorsing Hatami will allow us to harness our member enthusiasm. We can rally behind one candidate and get the word out about the importance of the district attorney race. We won’t confuse people with subtle distinctions.
Most importantly, being able to campaign for him in the primary will get more voters out to vote against George Gascon and make sure he doesn’t et 50% of the vote in March – because if he does, he’s automatically re-elected.
We think Hatami is qualified, electable, and has a broad reach and a compelling story to challenge Gascon. We at Protect Culver City are proud to offer him our endorsement.
So what does this mean?
Endorsing Hatami means we can start getting the word out to Culver City residents about the importance of this race. Door hangers and flyers cost money – for that, we need your help! It costs about $2500 to get a door hanger out to everyone who’s not behind a secure building.
The issue simply isn’t who to vote for – it’s who we need to make sure doesn’t make it past the primary. Jeff Chemerinsky has several key endorsements – but at the DA debate the other candidates called him “Mini Gascon.” They have reason to. His father Erwin served on Gascon’s transition team. And Jeff’s answers revealed he will do nothing different.