A vote for Forescee Hogan-Rowles is a vote for real-world experience

Cynthia E. Griffin- | 3/2/2011, 5 p.m.

This is a partnership between the mayor's office, the DWP, Los Angeles Community Colleges and IBEW Local 18 (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers).

Based at L.A. Trade Tech College, the academy is a two-year education and training program that prepares students for careers at utility companies, and ideally these individuals would be able to step into the DWP to fill some of the anticipated openings that will result as the company's work force ages.

All of these experiences in business, the nonprofit sector and serving as a commissioner have shaped Hogan-Rowles into the kind of person that encouraged union leaders like Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to describe her as a "thoughtful" individual who seems to carefully weigh all sides of an issue before making a decision.

But again, Hogan-Rowles is not just a one-dimensional player in the game with only local ties. She has worked on the state and the national level.

She has formerly served on the national board of Women Incorporated; serves as a Federal Home Loan Bank Advisory board member and is a founding and a former member of the board of directors of the Association of Enterprise Opportunity. This is the national Microenterprise trade association. She also co-chaired its Resource Development and Finance Committee.

Locally, she is a co-founder of the California Association for Microenterprise Opportunity.

Together, these experiences give Hogan-Rowles the depth of knowledge and hands-on experience that OurWeekly believes can be the change the 8th District needs. And that is why we have decided to add our voice to the chorus that is continuing to swell with support for this longtime 8th District leader.