Self-promotion works way into proud press release

first_imgNever let a father’s pride get in the way of self-promotion. State Sen. Richard Alarcon, D-Van Nuys, issued an effusive press release last week praising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for nominating his daughter, Andrea Alarcon, to the city Board of Transportation Commissioners. The younger Alarcon certainly has the credentials. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and serves as Southern California district director for Attorney General Bill Lockyer. “I am proud of my daughter and delighted that the mayor appointed her,” Sen. Alarcon said in a press release. “Andrea will be an excellent representative for the San Fernando Valley. Andrea is deeply committed to fairness – for everybody.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant All of that is well and good, and to be expected from a proud parent. The senator – who is termed out of office this year and running for the state Assembly – then points out, however, that he once served as an alternate on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board and that during his six years as a member of the City Council he oversaw the installation of the highest number of streetlights and road improvements in his district. There was also some buzz in Sacramento last week about Alarcon’s role if he is elected to the Assembly, as is expected. “Capitol Weekly” speculated that Alarcon plans to make a run for Assembly speaker – a move he denied. Alarcon said he respects Speaker Fabian Nuez and wants only to be a good member. But, after this election, Nuez will only have two years left as speaker. And Democrats have taken to lining up their next speaker early to try to solidify their positions for a smooth transition. There are not many elected officials who can claim they helped an athlete get to the Hall of Fame. Councilman Bernard Parks, however, can say he had a role in the life of Warren Moon, the former Houston Oilers quarterback selected during Super Bowl week to be part of the next class of players going to the NFL Hall of Fame. Parks was a volunteer coach with the Baldwin Hills youth football league in the mid-1970s, when Moon was learning the game. Parks jokes he was such an astute scout of talent that he had Moon playing center. “I found out later he could throw the ball, too,” Parks said. “I thought he might have a future.” Moon did not forget his one-time coach, with whom he posed for pictures at the Super Bowl. The drive to name one of the new schools being built by the Los Angeles Unified School District after former Rep. Ed Roybal picked up some more support last week. The Alliance for a Better Community had been fighting a lonely battle until the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, added its voice to the issue. The labor organization also said it also would like to see a school named after its former secretary-treasurer, Miguel Contreras, who died last year. The group asked its members to send postcards and letters to school board members to join in the lobbying effort. School officials have said they want to work with local communities before deciding on names for schools. Rick Orlov, (213) [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more