10/29/2014 12:57 pm ET Updated Dec 29, 2014

In Support of Bobby Shriver

Regarding the County Board of Supervisors 3rd District race, I am ardently supporting Bobby Shriver.

The current Board of Supervisors is about to lose two great supporters of art and architecture -- Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina. For years, Zev has been one of the most exemplary political figures in the city. From personal experience I know that Walt Disney Concert Hall would not exist if Zev had not been involved. His continued support for the Philharmonic, the Opera, LACMA and arts programs throughout the city has helped make Los Angeles a thriving cultural center today. Gloria Molina has been a long-standing supporter of architecture and city planning and has worked diligently to make sure that new development responded to the varied needs of our varied population.

I know Bobby Shriver well and have talked to him a lot about his interest and support of the arts. Not only does he appreciate the importance of supporting art from the humanist standpoint, but he also understands the importance of the creative economy for the city. This city is rising very quickly to become the major center for culture in the United States, by far ahead of New York in many ways. It is vital to have someone who understands the value of art and humanity at their core as Bobby does. He cares deeply about people and making a better quality of life for all citizens. His DNA is made of public service -- he grew up fighting the war on poverty by his father's side and with his mother, he worked to help make the world a better place for children with disabilities. He carries on the family tradition in everything that he does. You won't be disappointed.