SELF-DECLARED “GENTRIFIER” ON BALLOT FOR CITY ADVISORY BOARD ELECTION

 Paul Trinh - At-Large Candidate  (courtesy of the City of Los Angeles / DONE)

Paul Trinh - At-Large Candidate  (courtesy of the City of Los Angeles / DONE)

Meet Paul Trinh. Local resident (going on just 5 years), self-declared “gentrifier” and at-large candidate for the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council (AVNC) board election. 

The AVNC will hold an election this year to select 17 neighborhood representatives to serve on its governing board. The board is composed of 17 elected positions in which one is reserved for an at-large candidate.  To qualify as at-large the candidates must be 16 years or older and a bonfide Atwater Village stakeholder. 

Trinh is presently one of five candidates to file for the at-large position. In his candidate statement he brags that he and his family, which includes his wife and three pets, exemplifies the “ongoing gentrification” of Atwater. Trinh also claims that his experience as a financial consultant makes him “uniquely qualified to represent” our community. 

Trinh’s full candidate statement:

Hello,

My name is Paul Trinh. I have been living in Atwater Village for the last 5 years, raised Catholic, and from a hard working immigrant family.

A little about myself, I have 2 dogs, and 1 cat. I am financial advisory services consultant that provides litigation support services to lawyers in complex commercial damages lawsuits. Simply put, I help lawyers understand financial aspects of their cases: i.e. damages and/or the accounting issues. My wife is a veterinarian and an owner of a veterinary hospital located in Echo Park, CA.

My family and I represent the ongoing gentrification of our neighborhood. Although I have never run for the AVNC, I feel that I am uniquely qualified to represent our neighborhood because (1) I have consulted on numerous projects, (2) I am exceptionally skilled at financing activities and budgeting, and (3) I am uniquely positioned as an animal advocate that our neighborhood loves.

I am young (35), enthused, and ready to contribute.