By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
ANOTHER PANEL MEMBER: How about a simple yes or no answer on Parks?
It’s a tough question. Right now I want to move forward. Right now, we have a new chief of police I want to work closely with . . . My goal and my focus is to move forward and work closely with the residents of our city.[THE CONCLUSION OF THE INTERVIEW:]
L.A. WEEKLY:Who would be good to talk to about you – people who are familiar with your work?
DERON WILLIAMS: My wife. You can talk to [he names his campaign aide who is in the room]. She can tell you things I’ve done.OK. Who else?
You can talk to any and every person in that news release. [He indicates a list of business community supporters.] You can talk to them about some things that I’ve done . . .Who are your heroes?
My heroes? Wow. I really don’t know. I don’t have a hero, to be honest. God is my hero, who I put first in my life.You don’t have any person that you admire?
I don’t have any heroes. If you was raised the way I was raised. Looking at that glass right there. [He points at a glass water pitcher and some plastic cups.] It wasn’t a glass growing up. A glass to me was a mayonnaise jar. A cup to me was a Campbell soup can. So when you talk about a hero, I don’t let people disappoint me, so I don’t get caught up in people. Even I look at them and take their likes and good things. I don’t use men as a guide for my life. I use God.[Do you admire or model yourself after] any elected public officials you’ve known?
I’ve worked with Herb Wesson [at Holden’s office]. He was my boss for several years. He’s sharp. He knows how to get things done. Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, she’s sharp. She knows how to get things done. I like Magic Johnson – business savvy.
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