Sheila Kuehl, a former California state senator and assemblywoman who was a teen actress on TV’s “Dobie Gillis,” defeated former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver in a hotly contested race for Los Angeles County Supervisor.
Shriver, brother of Maria Shriver and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, offered congratulations to Kuehl via Twitter on Wednesday morning.
Kuehl and Shriver had each said that, if elected, they would like to address runaway production, including looking at the fees that the country charges to filmmakers. Although the city of Los Angeles has been looking to streamline permitting, and has waived fees for such things as TV pilots, there is no such concerted effort at the county level.
“I don’t believe production should be a cash cow for the county, but rather should be an industry we work very hard to attract and keep,” she told Variety in August, adding that she would designate someone in her office to work with production businesses to help them with their shoots.
Kuehl said her work in the industry has given her a sense of the problems that producers face when they are shooting in the region.
While Shriver enjoyed extensive support from the industry — including from the DreamWorks trio of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen, along with Jerry Bruckheimer and Oprah Winfrey — Kuehl at times drew on her own showbiz past in fundraising, even holding a 1950s themed event in April in which “Dobie Gills” was screened. She also landed a number of endorsements from labor groups.
Kuehl will succeed longtime Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. He didn’t endorse in the race, but issued a statement critical of Shriver for sending out a mailer that made it appear as if he had his support.