Former L.A. Ethics Commission President Serena Oberstein Endorsed By CD-12 Resident and Former President of L.A. Police Union Tyler Izen in June Special Election Race for Valley City Council Seat

NORTHRIDGE, CA -- Serena Oberstein, past president of the L.A. Ethics Commission, announced today an important endorsement in her race for the L.A. City Council's 12th District race. Tyler Izen, longtime CD12 resident, widely respected LAPD officer and former leader of the influential Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), issued a strong endorsement of Oberstein weeks after announcing her candidacy.  

"As a longtime public servant, retired Los Angeles police officer with extensive experience in Los Angeles politics, and a 30 year resident of CD 12, I believe that Serena best represents the future of CD12. She is smart and has broad experience in leading non-profit organizations, representing constituents and fighting for equity and what's right," Izen said. 

"Serena shares my values of family, community, public safety and ethics. We need honest, ethical leaders who will serve with absolute integrity more than ever. I know that Serena will combine her experience, intellect, and commitment to build coalitions to effectively represent our Valley neighborhoods.  For these reasons and for the future of my children and grandchildren, I intend to vigorously support Serena for City Council."

Today's news follows Oberstein's official campaign launch earlier this month, in which she previously declared:

"It's time that we have a city government that better reflects the people, neighborhoods and ideals of our community. I'm running for City Council to fight for all of the people in the 12th District -- women and men, children and families, and to build safer, healthier and stronger Valley neighborhoods.

"I'll fight hard every day to restore trust in our government. What our communities need - and deserve - is vision to improve public safety, address the crisis of homelessness, modernize our outdated infrastructure and rapidly improve delivery of city services. We must protect the character of Valley neighborhoods while building a thriving middle class economy that is sadly disappearing." 

Serena Oberstein was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley attending public schools before launching a career to fight for her community. She has spent nearly two decades creating solutions on the local, state and federal level in the nonprofit and public sectors. 

She served as president of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, which she was appointed to in 2014 by Councilmember Mitchell Englander. She helped lead an Ethics Commission that worked to provide greater transparency on campaign finance reform, elections and proactive accountability for those violating L.A. City Ethics Code.  

Serena was the Chief Operating Officer for Vision to Learn, a national nonprofit organization that provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students in need. Oberstein oversaw strategic growth and service delivery across 10 states and 75 school districts equipping thousands of children in high-need communities with glasses so they can lead more successful lives. She previously worked as the Southern California Regional Director of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and is currently a consultant for nonprofits focusing on strategic growth and capacity building.  

Serena served her community as a policy analyst and neighborhood liaison in the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. 

Oberstein holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and a Master in public administration degree from New York University Wagner School of Public Service. 

She and her husband live in Northridge with their two young daughters and dog, Huck.

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