Los Angeles, CA – Veteran prosecutor Danette Meyers announced major endorsements this week which have placed her as the frontrunner in the June 5 District Attorney election. Meyers received the endorsement of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party with an unprecedented 90.4% vote. The LA County Democratic Party is the largest local Democratic Party entity in the United States, representing over 2.2 million registered Democrats and a population larger than 42 other states in the 88 cities and the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
The Association of Deputy District Attorneys (ADDA), the union representing the prosecutors within the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office also announced their endorsement of Meyers’ candidacy. Hyatt Seligman, President of the ADDA, told the Los Angeles Times
“We want a professional who will treat us like the professionals that we are.” Seligman told the LA Weekly
: "She's been a trooper in the trenches for well over 20 years. She has a fabulous reputation as a trial attorney, and she's never been coddled or catered to. Our management is rotten at the top. We need a housecleaning, and that's what we're going to get with Ms. Meyers."
Meyers also received the endorsement of the New Frontier Democratic Club, the largest and oldest Democratic Club in California. Meyers has continued her domination of local Democratic clubs across the county receiving the endorsement of the San Fernando Valley Democratic Club, the San Fernando Young Democrats, Long Beach Democratic Club, Culver City Democratic Club, Mexican-American Democratic Club, Gardena Valley Democratic Club, Stonewall Democratic Club, Stonewall Young Democrats, Beverly Hills Democratic Club, West Hollywood Democratic Club, Democratic Women’s Study Club, and the La Canada Flintridge Democratic Club.
LOS ANGELES , CA - A Superior Court judge issued her ruling today in a California Public Records Act petition brought by Metropolitan News-Enterprise to compel the Office of the District Attorney to disclose personnel records of veteran prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers. After considering the parties' briefs, evidence, oral argument and conducting an in camera review of the records, the Court ruled as follows:
"Accordingly, in order to balance the interests in the public's right to know about a candidate's qualifications, the public's interest in candid and frank personnel evaluations, and the individual's interest in keeping their job performance evaluations private, the Court conducted an in camera review of Ms. Meyers' files.
In its review, the Court weighed the potential harm to privacy interests against the public interest in disclosure of Ms. Meyers' records. Specifically, the Court considered how probative the information was on the question of Ms. Meyers' qualifications for office against how damaging the information actually is to the interests of the office and public in candid evaluations, and the privacy interests of the candidate herself.
Having conducted that review, the information is highly probative to the public's consideration of Ms. Meyers' qualifications for the position of District Attorney. Her consistently excellent reviews show her to excel in the areas that she would be called upon were she to be elected to that position. There is nothing in these reviews that, if disclosed, could be expected to chill the frank and candid evaluation of deputy district attorneys by their supervisors. Finally, there is nothing in these stellar reviews that would adversely impact Ms. Meyers' own privacy - other than some slight embarrassment that she might experience from being identified publically as an outstanding prosecutor for the Office of District Attorney. This conjectural possibility, however, is not a sufficient ground to keep the public from knowing about the capabilities and attributes of this candidate."
February 27, 2012
MEYERS WINS TWO CRITICAL LGBT ENDORSEMENTS OVER OPENLY GAY CANDIDATE MARIO TRUJILLO, CONTINUES DOMINATION OF LOCAL DEMOCRATIC ORGANIZATION ENDORSEMENTS
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA— In a stunning defeat to openly gay candidate, Mario Trujillo, Meyers won 78% of the vote at the joint meeting ofthe Stonewall Democratic Club of LA and the Stonewall Young Democrats of LA meeting today. Stonewall is one of the oldest LGBT Democratic Clubs in the state of California and is seen as a leader in the movement for equal rights.
“Danette Meyers is by far the most qualified candidate in the race for District Attorney” said Stephen Simon, President of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Los Angeles. He added, “Sheis a consistent and strong Democrat who has at every step of the way been the clear choice for our organization.”
“I have worked with the LGBTQ community since 1986, fighting forissues of equality long before they were a mainstream issue” said Meyers. “I amso proud to have the support of Stonewall and Stonewall Young Dems! Their work and voice in the LGBTQ community is second to none and I look forward toworking with them on the campaign.”
Meyers has continued to dominate her competitors at every local endorsement meeting. In addition to Stonewall's endorsement, she has been endorsed by the Women’s Study Club of Long Beach (the longest continually chartered Democratic club in the West), Beverly Hills Democratic Club and West Hollywood Democratic Club. Furthermore, she has received a majority of the votes in every head to head vote with Trujillo including the Long Beach Democratic Club and the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club, the county’s only other LGBT Democratic Club.
January 25, 2012
MEYERS WINS OVER 60% OF THE CLUB'S SUPPORT IN BID TO SUCCEED STEVE COOLEY AS LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA — Building momentum in her campaign for District Attorney, veteran prosecutor Danette Meyers handily won the endorsement of the West Hollywood Democratic Club / Beverly Hills Democratic Club after receiving the unanimous recommendation of the organization's Political Action Committee.
“The membership of our club spoke loudly and clearly, and we are proud to put our support behind Danette,” said Lillian Raffel, President of the West Hollywood Democratic Club / Beverly Hills Democratic Club. “She is exactly what the office of District Attorney needs: a true Democrat who understands the values of equality, justice and fair access to the law.”
“I am honored to have received the endorsement of the West Hollywood / Beverly Hills Democratic Club” said Meyers. “This organization has been a leader in the community for over 25 years and I am proud that they are in my corner as we move forward in our race for Los Angeles County District Attorney.”
Just last week, Meyers received over 57% of the general membership vote at a joint meeting of the Stonewall & Stonewall Young Dems Club meeting, outperforming her nearest opponent by nearly 15 points.
In addition to the endorsements listed above, Meyers has earned the support of former LA County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association, Mayor Jim Dear of Carson, Mayor Eric Perrodin of Compton, former Mayor Alan Corlin and current Councilmembers Andrew Weissman and Jeffrey Cooper of Culver City and legendary entertainer Quincy Jones.
Los Angeles, CA - November 16, 2011
Quincy Jones today announced his endorsement of Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers for District Attorney of Los Angeles County. The recipient of 27 Grammy Awards and a record 79 Grammy nominations stated:
"Danette Meyers' credentials as an accomplished trial lawyer and veteran criminal prosecutor are without question. But what makes Danette unique is she understands that the justice system extends beyond the criminal side. Throughout her 25 year career she has spent her own time outside the District Attorney's office to ensure that the entire justice system is working. Danette's broader community perspective is key to the effective pursuit of justice. I wholeheartedly endorse Danette Meyers as the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County."
Quincy Jones’ career as a conductor, musical arranger, film composer and producer has spanned over six decades. In 1964 he arranged and conducted Frank Sinatra’s It Might as Well Be Swing. That same year while at Mercury Records he became the first African American Vice President of a record company. He has written over 33 motion picture scores and produced the highest selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
As a social activist, Quincy Jones has been involved in numerous projects. He produced “We are the World” in 1985 which raised over $63 million for humanitarian causes. His other involvements include the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, a nonprofit that connects youth with education, music, technology and culture including intercultural exchange between underprivileged youths from Los Angeles and South Africa. In 2004 he launched the We Are The Future initiative which has established municipal child centers in several countries where youth are trained to run child-based programs in health, nutrition, technology, sports and arts.
Danette Meyers stated “Quincy Jones’ many social and professional accomplishments continue to inspire me to always perform at the top of my profession. Throughout his career, Quincy Jones has stood for honesty and integrity. He has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping the less fortunate and energized others to participate in the fight against poverty and injustice. The international success of 'We are the World' highlighted gross disparities in living conditions and the lack of basic human necessities that so many continue to face. The world will never forget the enormous contributions of Quincy Jones to the arts and his courageous struggle for equality. His trust in my vision of 'Smart Justice' will help me to bring true reform to the justice system in Los Angeles County and I am honored by his endorsement of my candidacy for District Attorney.”
Los Angeles, CA - September 7, 2011
Reverend Dr. Cecil “Chip” Murray, former head of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of Los Angeles’ most visible churches, today officially announced his endorsement of Danette Meyers for District Attorney.
Rev. Murray stated: “History is her story, how for a quarter of a century Danette Meyers has prosecuted more cases than any other elected D.A. in the history of Los Angeles. Her story includes her selection as Prosecutor of the Year twice, and being recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers in California. Her story includes her election as the first female African American President of the 26,000 member Los Angeles County Bar Association. Now it's up to fair minded voters like those of us who know her record to celebrate her story by electing her as Los Angeles County District Attorney in 2012. Make her story history.”
Rev. Murray presided over more than 18,000 parishioners as pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church for 27 years before retiring. In 2005 Rev. Murray joined the University of Southern California and became the holder of the John R. Tansey Chair at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at U.S.C. Rev. Murray holds a doctorate from Claremont School of Theology and is widely considered a senior statesman in the African American community as well as in the City of Los Angeles.
Danette Meyers stated: “I am deeply honored that Rev. Dr. Cecil Murray, a man I have long admired and respected for his inspirational spirituality, leadership and tireless devotion to civil rights and the improvement of the lives of so many fellow Angelenos, has endorsed my candidacy for Los Angeles County District Attorney.”
Beverly Hills, CA - August 17, 2011
The Beverly Hills Police Officers Association today officially announced their endorsement of Danette Meyers for District Attorney and issued the following statement:
"The Beverly Hills Police Officers Association today is proud to announce our endorsement of Danette Meyers for Los Angeles County District Attorney. Danette Meyers is a professional prosecutor who has relentlessly pursued justice for over 25 years as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney. Her unprecedented trial experience fighting violent crime and her commitment to crime prevention especially among our youth has earned her the respect and support of the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association. We need a professional and experienced crime fighter to lead the largest local prosecutorial agency in the world. That is why it is with great pride that we enthusiastically endorse and support Danette Meyers as the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County."
Danette Meyers stated: “My first assignment as a Deputy District Attorney over 25 years ago was at the Beverly Hills Area Office. There I had the privilege of working with the dedicated men and women of the Beverly Hills Police Department. I continued this professional relationship during my seven year assignment in the Career Criminal Division of the District Attorney’s office where I prosecuted the series of Rolex follow-home robberies that terrorized citizens of the Westside. Today I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association.”
The endorsement by the Beverly Hills Police Officers Association is the first law enforcement endorsement of any candidate in the 2012 District Attorney election.
Los Angeles, CA - June 29, 2011
John Lynch, a 34 year veteran prosecutor and former top administrator in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office today officially announced his endorsement of Danette Meyers for District Attorney. Lynch stated:
“Fifteen years ago, I ran against Gil Garcetti in the election for Los Angeles County District Attorney. We disagreed on every issue. Today, I completely agree with Gil that Danette Meyers is the best candidate to be the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County.
Danette's credentials as a prosecutor cannot be questioned. With nearly 200 jury trials, including 41 murder trials and 6 death penalty trials, she has established herself as a preeminent trial lawyer. Few , if any, can match her courtroom experience. But Danette is much more than a gifted trial lawyer. She has leadership & management experience both in the office as Deputy-in-Charge, and, even more significantly, as the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association: the first African American woman, and first prosecutor to achieve that position. As president, she had to deal with difficult budget and staffing issues, personnel policies and a huge population of member attorneys, a perfect training ground to prepare her for the management issues faced by the District Attorney.
On a personal note, I was the founding Head Deputy District Attorney of the Environmental Crimes Division under then District Attorney Ira Reiner. That unit became the model for environmental prosecutors throughout the state. We handled the first felony hazardous waste jury trial, obtained the first prison sentence in a dumping case and trained other Deputy DA’s all over California. Danette is committed to recreate that division when elected and is the best qualified candidate to do so.
As a recently retired prosecutor after nearly 34 years with the District Attorney's Office, the last 26 years as a senior manager, I enthusiastically endorse Danette Meyers to become the next District Attorney of Los Angeles County.”
John Lynch joined the LA County District Attorney’s Office in 1977. After only six years as a Deputy DA he became Special Assistant to the Director of the elite Special Operations Division. Before retiring earlier this year he held top positions in the administrations of various elected District Attorneys including Head Deputy DA of the Environmental Crimes / OSHA Division, Head Deputy DA of the Santa Monica, Norwalk and Airport Branch Offices and Director of Central Operations.
GARCETTI PRAISES DANETTE MEYERS AS "A LEADER, A VISIONARY"
Los Angeles, CA
Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles County’s twice-elected District Attorney today officially announced his endorsement of Danette Meyers for District Attorney.
Garcetti stated: “I have known and worked with Danette for over 20 years. She is a premier trial lawyer with more significant felony trial experience than 99% of her colleagues. But Danette is more than simply a very accomplished trial lawyer, she is also a leader, a visionary, and a person who clearly understands and accepts the responsibilities of being the elected District Attorney heading an office of 1000 prosecutors. I am confident that she will be a District Attorney who will focus on success in the courtroom, but she will also use her position to develop programs that prevent crimes involving juvenile offenders and domestic violence. This is what is so different about Danette. She understands that the elected District Attorney has the opportunity to shape and direct the focus of the criminal justice system.
Given Danette’s many years of high level involvement in the civil and criminal law communities and the universal respect she has earned from judges, police, and civil and criminal defense lawyers, Danette is a uniquely qualified candidate for District Attorney. I endorse her with enthusiasm and a belief in her strength of character and integrity—both traits which are absolutely essential for a person seeking to become the Los Angeles County District Attorney.”
Danette Meyers headed the Bellflower and Florence/Firestone Offices as Deputy-in-Charge during Garcetti’s second term as District Attorney. While holding these administrative positions Meyers continued to prosecute high profile cases securing multiple first degree murder convictions in some of the county’s most brutal killings.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers announced her candidacy for the 2012 LA County District Attorney election on December 31, 2010. The Los Angeles native and 24 year veteran prosecutor has already received numerous endorsements from a diverse group of distinguished individuals and is considered a top contender in the race. If elected, Meyers will be the first female and first African American District Attorney of Los Angeles County.
SPECIAL ENVOY & CHIEF MEDIATOR TO THE DARFUR CONFLICT, FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF TANZANIA & PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL ANNOUNCES HIS ENDORSEMENT OF DANETTE MEYERS FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA
Today His Excellency Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, former Prime Minister of Tanzania, President of the United Nations Security Council, and Special Envoy to the Darfur Conflict announced his endorsement of Danette Meyers for District Attorney.
Dr. Salim began his political career in international diplomacy in the 1960’s, serving as Ambassador to Egypt at age 22, the youngest African Ambassador in the history of the continent. Later he served as the Tanzanian Ambassador to India, China, and Korea and was a Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.
A leading figure in the fight against apartheid, Dr. Salim served as Chairman of the United Nations Security Council Commission on Sanctions against Rhodesia, President of the International Conference on Sanctions against South Africa and President of the Paris International Conference on Apartheid. Chairing the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, he helped entrench a new era of independence across the continent of Africa. He was elected President of the United Nations Security Council in 1976 and went on to serve as President of the 34th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 1979. While at the UN Dr. Salim served on the Palme Independent Commission of International Security Issues as well as on the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues.
Between 1980 and 1989 Dr. Salim held various posts in Tanzania including Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Defense Minister and Prime Minister. He was elected Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), overseeing its transformation into the African Union and serving an unprecedented three successive terms.
In 2004 Dr. Salim became the African Union Special Envoy and Chief Mediator to the Darfur Conflict. He played a crucial role in bringing international attention to and finding solutions for peace in Darfur. Dr. Salim, widely considered to be Africa’s top diplomat, stated “Ms. Danette Meyers’ credentials and role are very rich, impressive and outstanding. I am delighted to endorse Ms. Danette Meyers as the next District Attorney of Los Angeles.”
THREE TIME MAYOR OF COMPTON ANNOUNCES HIS ENDORSEMENT OF DANETTE MEYERS FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Mayor Eric Perrodin has officially endorsed Danette Meyers for District Attorney. Mayor Perrodin has devoted his life to public service. A twelve year veteran of the Compton Police Department, Mr. Perrodin became one of the youngest officers to be promoted to the position of Sergeant. He has been the Mayor of Compton since 2001 and has the distinction of being elected for his third term by the citizens of Compton, serving as their Mayor longer than anyone in history.
Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers today announced her candidacy for Los Angeles County District Attorney. If elected, she will be the first female and first African American District Attorney of Los Angeles County.
Ms. Meyers has been a Deputy District Attorney for over 24 years and has been a resident of Los Angeles for over 50 years. To date she has tried close to 200 jury trials and over 40 murders. She has been a prosecutor in several specialized units including the Career Criminal Unit, the Special Trials Division of the Van Nuys Branch Office and the elite Crimes Against Peace Officers Unit where she prosecuted the most serious crimes committed against members of law enforcement.