[The following information was taken from a press release issued by Councilman Zine's office].
On Tuesday, Councilman Dennis P. Zine became the first candidate to officially qualify with the City Clerk Elections Division as a candidate for the office of City Controller. A three-term Third District Councilmember, Zine has gained widespread grassroots support over the years and was most recently reelected to the Los Angeles City Council with 70 percent of the vote.
"Throughout the coming months I will continue to meet with voters, hear their concerns, and share my agenda for fiscal accountability in city government," noted Zine. "My campaign will focus on the practical steps, hard work, and cooperation that's required to return Los Angeles to solid economic footing."
Zine continued: "By better protecting tax dollars, we can deliver essential services, improve neighborhoods, and strengthen public trust. I am fully committed to that mission and will continue to work everyday to fight waste, fraud and abuse in city government."
Dennis P. Zine serves as Chair of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee where he has taken on scandal-ridden agencies and reduced wasteful spending practices throughout the city bureaucracy. He has made fiscal accountability a top priority within his own office, taking a voluntary pay cut and accruing a record office surplus.
Zine began his public service career with the Los Angeles Police Department, where he continues to serve as a Reserve Officer. He has long record of legislative and community accomplishments in the area of public safety, including establishing P.O.S.S.E. (People Organized for a Safe, Secure Environment), the model program which has trained hundreds of volunteers to help rid their neighborhoods of abandoned cars, graffiti, illegal dumping, and other blight.
Zine has also won the endorsement of public officials and public safety organizations, including District Attorney Steve Cooley the Police Protective League, the Los Angeles Port Police Association, and Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Officers Association.