LOCAL : Dib Supports Bernardi in Runoff

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi, facing a June 6 runoff against firefighter Lyle Hall in the northeast San Fernando Valley’s 7th District, picked up a key supporter today: Al Dib, a prominent businessman who finished third in last week’s primary.

The 77-year-old Bernardi, the council dean with 28 years there, also announced at a City Hall press conference that, if reelected, he will not run for another term in four years.

Bernardi finished first in the primary with 42% of the vote but fell short of the 50%-plus-one vote required to avoid a runoff against Hall, who finished second with 26%. Dib, former president of the Arleta Chamber of Commerce, received 12% of the vote.


“He said he is not running again after this term, which tells me he will not owe developers and special interest groups anything,” Dib said of Bernardi.

Dib, the only Republican in the nonpartisan race, is expected to sway business and GOP support to Democrat Bernardi.