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1,000 Donors Push Zine Campaign Over $500,000 Mark

Tarzana's Councilmember is running to be the City's next Controller.

[The following information was taken from a press release issued by Dennis Zine's campaign office].

With support from more than 1,000 donors, Councilmember Dennis Zine continues to gain momentum in his campaign to become the City's next Controller. The Zine for Controller campaign received a total of $535,000 and roughly doubled the overall number of donors during the reporting period that ended June 30, 2012.

"I'm elated by the outpouring of support for my candidacy from people throughout our City," noted Zine. "For more than a decade, I've worked to give the people of my District a voice at City Hall. As Controller, I'll continue to represent the best interests of Angelenos, protecting tax dollars and improving public trust in government."

Dennis Zine has given his life to public service, serving as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department for 33 years before being elected in 2001 to represent the 3rd Council District. Zine currently Chairs the Council's Audits & Governmental Efficiency Committee where he has taken on scandal-ridden agencies, reduced wasteful spending practices, and improved transparency in government. Zine also has a record of keeping his own office consistently under budget, accruing surplus funds that have been used to support critical but under-funded public services.

"Our message of fiscal accountability is resonating and our grassroots campaign continues to expand," said Zine. "Together we will work to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in city government and ensure the prudent use of taxpayers dollars for essential public services."

In addition to his broad based financial support, Dennis Zine has received the endorsement of local leaders throughout Los Angeles, including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, District Attorney Steve Cooley, County Sheriff Lee Baca, City Councilmembers Eric Garcetti, Jose Huizar, Tom LaBonge, Mitch Englander, Bill Rosendahl, and Ed Reyes. Zine is also backed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the Los Angeles Port Police Association, the Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Officers Association, and the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council.  

Sam Yorty, Jr. July 31, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Are there any positions these long term public trophers won't go? Garcetti, Alorcorn, et al etc. keep playing musical chairs, how many pensions is Zine taking NOW? Is he up to Parks almost half a million $$ in pensions? Overpaid windbags all of them. Showboating Zine raiding Medical Marijuana Clinics @ 4:20pm, ha ha helarious, our gangster buds are happy to see a ban, which will not promote the City's welfare you seek ti investigate......Super Z indeeeed
Major James September 04, 2012 at 04:56 AM
Zine and Westfield misled the people of Woodland Hills with their bait-and-switch project in Warner Center. They proposed a high-end multi-use project, but instead, we get a Costco with a gas station attached. To make it even better for Westfield and Costco, the Warner Center Area has been added to a California Enterprise Zone, which is intended to encourage development of impoverished areas. For this, Costco will receive California Tax Credits of up to approximately $37,000 per qualifying new employee they hire. So, for example, if they hire 200 qualifying new employees, they will avoid paying $7,400,000 in taxes to the state of California. On the other hand, if you own a small business on Sherman Way in Canoga Park, you are not in an enterprise zone, and will have to pay your taxes in full. Does not seem fair. Some will say Costco is providing jobs to the area. That would be, if they leave the store at Roscoe and Canoga open. It is NOT in an Enterprise Zone. Let's see what ultimately happens there. Just Dennis Zine's way of establishing himself with the deep pockets of Westfield and Costco. I bet his $500,000 was not comprised of 1,000 donations of $500 each by people unaffiliated with Costco or Westfield. I believe the opening of this Costco will do far greater harm to Woodland Hills than the medical marijuana dispensaries have. They hire people also, but apparently do not have the relationship with Zine that Westfield and its future tenant do.

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