This week, absentee and sample ballots arrive in our mailboxes, and The Tolucan Times had the pleasure of sitting down with San Fernando Valley Assembly candidate, Angela Rupert—educator, small-business owner and attorney.

Your campaign has gained considerable attention in recent months. Why has your message resonated so much with voters?

Folks in the Valley are fed up with the status quo, and they’re ready for change. I’m running because I want to make positive changes for the residents of the Valley. I’m not interested in what Sacramento wants for the Valley.  Voters seem to agree that we know what’s best for us–not the special interests in Sacramento.

You’ve said education is a big concern for you.  Can you elaborate?

As a mother and teacher, education is a crucial issue to me. Like all parents, my husband and I want our 3-year-old son to get the best education possible. California can lead the nation in education policy, but it’s going to take work. By rewarding quality teachers and keeping children’s interests at the center of education legislation and spending, we can ensure first-rate schools for all children, regardless of zip code.

What other issues do you plan to tackle if elected in November?

Public safety is a top priority.  In our district, violent crime is up 42 percent and arrests are down 24 percent since 2014. This is shocking and unacceptable. When you call the police, they should respond in a timely manner. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Our overworked LAPD officers are drastically under-deployed in the Valley. I will obtain funding to ensure more officers are patrolling our streets.

What other issues are voters talking about?

Homelessness in the Valley has significantly increased in the last four years, and the situation is unsafe for them and for the community. I will work with Governor Brown, Mayor Garcetti and local leaders to get the homeless into the treatment programs and supportive housing they need.

Traffic is another huge issue. It negatively and seriously affects our lives and the environment. In my first 100 days in office, I will introduce a comprehensive traffic plan for the 405, 170, 134 and 101 freeways to increase traffic flow during peak hours.

Where can we read more about your campaign?

Please visit my website at or call me at (818) 299-2042. I appreciate hearing from voters. And if you want a lawn sign, we deliver!

Angela, do you have any final thoughts?

This November, voters will be faced with a serious decision about the future of our nation. They will also have the opportunity to choose a better direction for our neighborhoods in the Valley. I would be most grateful for your vote.

Angela Rupert is a candidate for the 46th Assembly, which includes Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Panorama City, Universal City and portions of North Hollywood, North Hills and the Hollywood Hills.

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