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Arleta Produce Dealer Enters City Council Race

Arleta produce wholesaler Albert Dib has become the fifth person to challenge Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi in the East San Fernando Valley in the April municipal election.

Dib, 54, has filed a statement showing his intent to raise funds for the council race in the 7th District. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

A longtime Democratic Party activist, Dib ran unsuccessfully for the City Council in the northeast Valley’s old 1st District in 1973 and 1977. He also lost a 1985 race for the Los Angeles school board.

The 7th District is made up of Arleta, Pacoima, Sylmar and parts of Lake View Terrace, Panorama City, Sepulveda, North Hollywood, Sun Valley and Van Nuys.

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Other candidates include Irene Tovar, a former chairwoman of the Hispanic Caucus of the state Democratic Party; Lyle Hall, a former president of United Firefighters, the Los Angeles firefighters union; Jose Galvan, past president of the Mexican-American Political Assn.; and David Briones, a former student body president at San Fernando High School.

Ray J. Magana, a San Fernando attorney and a Latino political activist, has said that he is leaning toward running for the seat. Latinos are projected to make up 69% of the 7th District by the 1989 election.

The official filing period for the election does not begin until January.


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