Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver is expected today to announce his candidacy for the Third District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Shriver says on his website, bobbyshriver.com, that he is running for the board to continue his work on the Santa Monica City Council, where he said he “worked to deliver first-class police and fire protection, clean up Santa Monica Bay and the beaches, create and maintain parks and house the homeless, especially military veterans.”
An email was sent to several Los Angeles-area media outlets Monday, saying Shriver today would be making “a big announcement regarding the election for the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors” today.
Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran and former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich have declared their candidacies for the seat. Incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky is barred from seeking re-election because of term limits.
The district, which encompasses West Hollywood, covers the western part of Los Angeles County, including the Westside, most of the San Fernando Valley, the Conejo Valley and the Santa Monica Mountains to the Ventura County line.
The 59-year-old Shriver is co-founder and chairman of DATA and (PRODUCT)RED. DATA, an acronym for Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), lobbies governments on the issues of debt, AIDS and trade policies as they Affect Africa. (PRODUCT)RED engages prominent businesses to make (RED) branded products and invest a significant portion of the profits in programs intended to eliminate AIDS in Africa. Shriver co-founded both organizations with Bono, singer of the rock band U2.
Shriver is a former chair of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. He was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
Shriver produced the first prime-time television program on the Special Olympics World Games and nine “A Very Special Christmas” records, which have raised more than $100 million to support Special Olympics organizations around the world.
Shriver is the oldest child of R. Sargent Shriver and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. His father was the founding director of the Peace Corps and the Officeof Economic Opportunity and Democratic Party vice presidential nominee in 1972.
His mother founded Special Olympics, which organizes year-round athletic training and competition for disabled individuals.
Shriver is a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. He is a brother of former California first lady Maria Shriver.