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-7- eJ Unusually contested presidential primary means local Republicans are being courted By Mina Riazi Though small in number, Beverly HillsCalifornia GOP and now is Cruz's politi- Republicans have unique sway in this cal director in the state. Their unique year's unusually contested presidential strategy is targeting districts with "far primary among candidates Ted Cruz, fewer Republicans than normal," which John Kasich and Donald Trump. they have identified as "empty" districts. California's A number of 53 congres- these "empty" sional dis- districts exist in tricts are each South and East awarded three Los Angeles. delegates, The 33rd meaning five congressio- Los Angeles- nal district, area districts which includes yield more del- Beverly Hills, egates than the is not quite 14 delegates Republican candidate Ted Cruz spoke at the Javor " e m p t y, " the State of family home in Beverly Hills last December a c c o r d - Wyoming awarded Cruz on Saturday. ing to Schroeder.Represented by Michael Schroeder once chaired the Congressmember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), Congressional District Voter Registration District # 43rd (example of an 33rd "empty" district) Representative Maxine Waters Ted Lieu Cities Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lomita and portions of the Cities of Los Angeles and Carson Torrance, E1 Segundo, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and portions of Los Angeles % Democrat 15.5 43.01 % Republican 58.52 26.30 Total registered voters 344,602 457,242 Source: Secretary of State website; ss.ca.gov *Other political parties not included it exists somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, heightening the influence of its Republican voters. "In Dana "empty" one, given that just 15.5 per- cent of registered voters are Republican (see attached chart), with even fewer Rohrabacher's Schroeder likens running actually casting a [congressional] an "empty" district ballot. district in Orange Schroeder plans County, there are election to running a City to target the few about 170,000 Council race. In some Republicans scat- Republicans that "empty" tered throughout will vote in the pri- cases, an districtareas like South mary," Schroeder can be carried with as few Central by employ- said. "And in as 2,000 votes, which is ing "good ole fash- Barbara Lee's dis- ioned politicking," trict [in Oakland], around the same amount which entails walk- i'm going to guess needed to win a BHUSD ing precincts and it's going to be Board of Education making phone calls. about 10,000 tops." "J "In Barbara Lee's Congressmember election, district, where four- Maxine Waters to-5,000 people can (D-Los Angeles) represents the 43rd decide it, it would be crazy to be purchas- congressional district, an example of an ing TV in that area--90 percent of the people you'd be talking to would be BEWARE OF AWOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING Developer and Bel Mr resident Beny Alagem is attempting build Beverly Hills" first lux skyscraper. Even after voters in 2008 narrowly gave Beny a generous entitlement to build two towers on the Hilton site, Beny is now trying to double (or triple) his money by one mammoth building 3 7 5-foot is that? would be height of building in and 70 feet Statue of toWer. double any Beverly higher the Lib.! That's why Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch and others not only opposing the project, but urging you not to sign the petition. The more you know, the more you want to vote NO. How tall tower the exis g Hills, DON'T BE FOOLED DON'T SIGN THE PETITION PAID AD R'I"ISE Democrats," Schroeder said. Schroeder likens running an "empty" district election to running a City Council race. In some cases, an "empty" district can be carried with as few as 2,000 votes, which is around the same amount needed to win a BHUSD Board of Education election. Cruz has made at least two appear- ances in Beverly Hills: the Javor fam- ily home last December and Nessah Synagogue last August. And unlike Trump, his team has been organizing in California for months. "Ted Cruz is the only candidate that can unite the party and beat Hilary Clinton," Schroeder said. "He's a principal constitutional con- servative and most Republican voters are enthusiastic about the prospect of him winning." Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch and former Congressmember David Dreier, now a Beverly Hills resident, are supporting Ohio governor John Kasich. Though leading the delegate count nationally, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has not identified any high profile endorsers in Beverly Hills. Page 8 Beverly Hills Weekly