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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City Council, District 7City of Los AngelesMarch 7, 2017Local Elections

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March 7, 2017Local Elections

City of Los AngelesCity Council, District 7

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  • 100% of precincts reporting (86/86).

About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
Source: 1:2017/03/07, 1:2013/03/05, 1:2009/03/03
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Los Angeles Commissioner/Businesswoman
6,091 votes (27.82%)Winning
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  • Improve constituent services in our district
  • Make more investments in and fight for our fair share of public safety resources
  • Secure new economic investment in our district and work to make local small businesses succeed
Profession:Los Angeles Commissioner / Business woman
Vice Chair, Los Angeles City Board of Public Works — Appointed position (20132015)
Director, Housing Opportunity, California Association of REALTORS (20042013)
Chief Deputy & Senior Policy Advisor, Los Angeles Unified School District (20002003)
Community Affairs Manager, Mayor Richard Riordan (19982000)
Occidental College B.A. , Politics (current)
Founding Board Member, MERCHANT MONEY CO (a CDFI) (2014current)
Founder & Immediate Past President, Latinas Lead CA (20072016)
Board Member, Center for Powerful Public Schools (20142016)
Board Member & Vice Chair, North Valley YMCA (20032009)

I have over 20 years of experience in public service.  I started my career is an aide to LA City Councilmember Mike Hernandez while I was attending Occidental College full-time.  I then moved onto serve as a policy advisor and community liaison to Mayor Richard Riordan, I led the successful business and community revitalization efforts associated with the Targeted Neighborhood Initiative, created community outreach programs to increase civic participation and co-founded the F.I.R.E. Academy, an afterschool program developed in partnership with the Community College District and LAUSD designed to provide at-risk youth school to career education. I also served as a Chief Deputy at LAUSD, where I worked with local nonprofits and First 5 LA to expand afterschool programs and early childhood education programs.

I also served for nearly 10 years as an executive with the California Association of Realtors (CAR).  During that time, I helped create programs aimed at expanding and preserving homeownership for middle-class families, including helping deliver more than $75 million of workforce housing developments and creating the landmark Mortgage Protection Program, that protected thousands of families from losing their homes to foreclosure during the Great Recession.

Most recently, I served as Vice President on the Los Angeles City Board of Public Works.  As Commissioner, I helped improve fiscal oversight, streamline operations, and improve services.  I also spearheaded the creation of the city’s highly acclaimed Small Business Academy, which helps small, minority and women owned businesses compete for infrastructure and public works contracts, putting more resources back into our communities while creating good jobs.

Finally, I have served on the boards of various non-profit organizations including the North Valley YMCA, the Center for Powerful Public Schools, and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles among many others.  I am also the founder and immediate past President of Latinas Lead California, an organization dedicated to the expanding the number of Latinas serving in elected office and appointed decision making roles.

  • Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra
  • LA City Councilwoman Nury Martinez
  • Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
  • Sierra Club
  • Women's Political Committee
Chief Environmental Planner
3,603 votes (16.46%)
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  • Work with local businesses to grow and create more good paying jobs and revitalize our commercial corridors
  • Put children and families first by improving existing parks and libraries, building more and making sure they are always clean and safe
  • Protect our communities by reducing homelessness, and making sure our police officers and fire companies have all the resources and moral support they need
Profession:Director of Planning and the Environment
Cal Poly Pomona Master of Science, Urban and Regional Planning (2008)
UCLA Bachelor of Sciene, Political Science and Government; Labor and Workplace Studies (2004)

I was born and raised in the East San Fernando Valley, my family and I now live in Tujunga. Since 2009, I have served as the Director of Planning and the Environment in the office of Councilmember Paul Krekorian, overseeing policy and planning matters affecting land use, the environment, economic development and community revitalization. 

I attended Valley public schools from K-12 before going to Los Angeles Valley College and then the University of California Los Angeles, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science. I completed my master’s degree in urban and regional planning at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

My professional experience has been overseeing policy and planning matters affecting land use, the environment, economic development and community revitalization. In that role, I have already achieved results for Valley residents. My work has protected green space, turned abandoned lots into city parks, revitalized blighted areas, preserved historic buildings, created good Valley jobs, required corporate polluters to clean up their operations, and curbed overdevelopment and mansionization.

 

In my spare time, I have served as a Neighborhood Councilmember in Panorama City, and am active in numerous community and political clubs, like the Sierra Club, Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley and others. I also regularly attend and participate in community meetings and activities, including Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and committees and other neighborhood councils in CD7, both LAPD Mission and Foothill division's CPAB, Save Angeles Forest for Everyone (SAFE), Love the Neighborhood Initiative clean ups, Tujunga Wash clean ups, Save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, neighborhood watches, and San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition.

  • Los Angeles Community College Trustee Nancy Pearlman
  • Los Angeles Council member Paul Krekorian
  • State Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • California Board of Equalization Chairwoman Fiona Ma
  • Nancy Woodruff, Foothill Trails NC Land Use Chair; La Tuna Canyon Community Association
  • Cindy Bloom, Foothill Trails District NC Homeless Liaison; former Treasurer, Shadow Hills Property Owners Association
  • Bill Eick, Past President, Shadow Hills Property Owners Association
  • Ann Job, Immediate Past President, Sylmar Neighborhood Council
  • Donna Deutchman, CEO Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV

I believe in taking a communities-first approach to governing. To me, that means incorporating community members of all political persuasions into city decisions to get the best outcome for our neighborhoods. Unlike most elected officials at City Hall, I want to make sure our voices are listened to, our concerns are heard and we receive all the services that our neighborhoods deserve. I am not seeking to get elected as a stepping stone to higher office. My personal leanings are toward the center and my main priority is to represent the interests of all CD7 residents.

One thing that I will bring to City Hall that is currently in short supply is independence from the powers that be. Right now, things run too much like Sacramento with dissenting voices in short supply. If elected, I will be completely independent and fight for my constituents at City Hall.

 

 

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Mónica Ratliff

Teacher/School Boardmember
3,104 votes (14.18%)
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  • Secure our fair share of funding for pubic safety services - safer streets, neighborhoods, and parks.
  • Effectively address the homeless on our streets, in our parks, and in our open spaces.
  • Encourage local economic development that the community wants - such as a Trader Joe's - and stop development that doesn't fit within the Community's Plan - such as McMansions and HSR.
Profession:Teacher/School Boardmember
Teacher, La Cañada Unified School District (2015current)
School Boardmember, Los Angeles Unified School District (2013current)
School Boardmember, Los Angeles Unified School District — Elected position (2013current)
Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District (20012013)
  • Senator Carol Liu (Ret.)
  • School Boardmembers: President Steve Zimmer, Vice President Dr. George McKenna, Dr. Vladovic, Dr. Rodriguez
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • Assemblymember Laura Friedman
  • Women's Political Caucus - San Fernando Valley
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Art Miner

Aerospace Engineer/Businessman
1,775 votes (8.11%)
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  • Good Jobs and employment opportunities are key to the success of our community and families. Our city government needs to be business friendly with less regulation, reduced taxes, and streamlined processing for startup endeavors.
  • Homeless living on our streets, w/o toilet or bathing facilities is inhumane to the homeless and also to the communities and businesses that are effected. The city’s approach has been awful; we need real solutions to resolve this crisis.
  • We need responsible development that includes jogging and bike paths, horse trails and open spaces consistent with the environment. We need to stop the spot zoning change approvals for developers and stop the High Speed Rail.
Profession:Business owner; restaurant/ sports grill, retired Aerospace Engineer and Engineering manager for US Navy and Missile De
Owner/operator, Miner Innovations; dba The Crows Nest Sports Grille (2014current)
Board Member, Sunland Tujunga Chamber of Commerce — Elected position (2016current)
Electromagnetic/RF Compatibility and Quality Assurance Senior Engineer, St. Jude Medical (20122014)
Electromagnetics Design Engineer, MDA Launch Team mgr., General Dynamics (19942011)
EMI/EMC/Nuclear EMP, RADHAZ, senior design engineer, Hughes Aircraft; Missile Systems Group (19881994)
Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer; P-3, S-3 design team, Lockheed Aircraft Co. (19801988)
California State University of Northridge Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering, Electrical Electronics Engineering with emphasis in Electromagnetics (1986)

Immigration and the city council

Summary

Paper provides a realastic approach to resolving the immigration delimia that we have how I would approach this problem.  We need an approach that is humane and respects the immigrants and also the values we as Americans citizens want for our country.  We want sucessful immigration.  What we have is a mess. 

 

I have been fielding a lot of questions regarding immigration.  Normally immigration is not a topic for the city council, however, that’s not true today.  Many of our residents could be impacted by the decisions made by our city council and how we deal with the federal government.  Here are my thoughts on immigration. 

 

Part of what makes this country so great is the fact that we are a land of immigrants, from all parts of the world that share a common belief in democracy, freedom of religion, speech and the capitalist system.  Our diversity is part of what makes this country so great and is a melting pot for social and economic growth.  That’s where we started but we seem to have lost our way. 

 

I don’t consider immigrants who have come here illegally as criminals or illegal aliens.  I prefer to refer to them as undocumented immigrants unless they have committed some other crime.   I’m against amnesty because it should never be acceptable to be here undocumented and something we have to fix.  I’m not in favor of punishment, as we have allowed this to happen; 11,000,000 times.  We might as well have driven the getaway car.  Most of them came to better their lives.  I’m not sure why we let it happen.

 

First, we have to control the border.   If we don’t control the border we can’t help anyone.    Once we control the border, I would require that every undocumented immigrant register and state their intentions.  Do they want to be here on a work visa, student visa, tourist visa, or apply to become a US citizen?  Then I would do what I call in-place processing.  Every applicant would go through a prescreening to eliminate criminals and bad individuals.  If they pass the initial screening I would put them in the que for the status requested.  If they don’t pass the initial screening or fail to register within the time allotted they would be deported immediately.  If they fail to meet the criteria set forth for the status they have requested they would be deported.

 

For immigrants that apply for citizenship we need to establish a reasonable timeline for the applicants to demonstrate certain objectives.   I want to know that they won’t cost the tax payers money.  Like any immigrant, they need to demonstrate some skill or have a sponsor that will pay for their survival and wellbeing.  They need to learn some English.   A priority should be placed on teaching all students English so that they can take full advantage of our schools and become good citizens.  Teaching classes in Spanish only delays their progress. 

 

We should never protect criminals and anyone accused of a crime needs to be prosecuted and if found guilty of a significant crime they should be deported.  We need to provide the same legal protections to our undocumented immigrants as we do our citizens while we sort this immigration mess out. 

 

Supporting our Vets

Summary

This paper is limited to why I have such a strong connection with our vets.  It is limited to setting priorities and why we need to support our vets.

 

Veterans affairs

 

Veterans affairs is one of my more sensitive topics.  I spent 30 years as a design engineer supporting the US Navy, Airforce and Missile Defense Agencies. I’ve participated in many engineering design reviews  with service men and women that have come out of combat to assist us in our designs, and then return back to combat.  It’s a moving experience working with these young men and women knowing I’m going home the next day to my own bed and their returning to the battle field. 

 

The general populous has no idea of the sacrifices these men and women make when everything goes right.  I’ve spent time with the families left behind when their loved ones are deployed.  I’ve been on the ball field when a young kid makes a home run and can’t wait to tell his dad; but has to wait until sometime next week when his dad gets to call home.  It’s deplorable how we treat our wounded and those suffering from emotional distress returning from battle.  I will always fight for our vets.

 

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Dale Gibson

Rancher/Stuntman
1,351 votes (6.17%)
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Born in Kentucky, Dale first moved to our Foothill Community in 1986. After marrying his wife, Heather, they moved to and built their current home in Sunland, Gibson Ranch[1].

Dale has had a long career in the film industry in various roles as an actor and a stuntman 
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​He is small business owner who is highly vested in our community and has spent countless volunteer hours supporting various causes.  

Our District doesn't want or need a career politician that wants to go to Sacramento, they are out of step with our area and our lifestyle.

It is very clear to me that the residents of Council District 7 are ready for their voices to be heard!  Ours is a diverse area and while I was out personally collecting the signatures to qualify for the ballot, I heard first-hand the concerns, as well as informed and excited recommendations from many of our local residents on issues that affect our community. 
These topics ranged from building moratoriums, the homeless issue, equine concerns, the bullet train, and the abundance of vacant commercial space along Foothill Boulevard.
As your City Councilman, I will hold regularly scheduled meetings with the public to ensure that ALL voices are heard and that these issues are addressed. I will work to ensure we receive appropriate funding from the City to continue to build our community; and fight projects that are not conducive to our way of life in our semi-rural area.
I want to go an extra step and make a contract with you my neighbors, that if I am not fulfilling my duties to our District, you have the power to make me step down.  I will hire Deputies that are local folks so we all stay in touch with you.

Email friendsofgibson4cd7@gmail.com
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Venessa Martinez

Deputy Attorney General
1,160 votes (5.3%)
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  • Adding additional police and fire resources to CD7 including a police substation near or around Hansen Dam and finally open the second firehouse in Sylmar.
  • Smart development that balances the need for additional affordable hoursing and respecting the culture and aesthetics of the neighborhoods. Develop for the people who are in our communities, not the people developers hope will come.
  • Being a watch dog on the high speed rail. Effectively investigating, researching and if necessary, opposing all routes that would cause harm to our communtiies.
Profession:Deputy Attorney General
Email venessamartinezcd7@gmail.com
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Olga Ayala

Community Organizer
931 votes (4.25%)
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Fred A. Flores

Commissioner/Veterans' Advocate
854 votes (3.9%)
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Nicole Chase

Education Advocate/Rancher
596 votes (2.72%)
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  • 1. Stop the High Speed Rail I am OPPOSED to High Speed Rail in the San Fernando Valley • We must protect our environment, preserve local groundwater aquafers, wildlife habitats and the equestrian lifestyle • It is imperative that we stop the CAHSR,
  • 2. Public Safety We need to stop the deterioration of our “Quality of life” and safety • Our local LAPD needs help. For years the City has failed to address the increase of crime in the San Fernando Valley. In
  • 3. Addressing Spike in Homelessness: The huge spike in the San Fernando Valley homeless population contributes to increased crime in CD 7 ISSUE: A significant portion of the population experiences homelessness for a variety of reasons, such as: men
Profession:Education Advocate, Rancher, Small business owner, Nonprofit Development Director , Youth Advocate
University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, Industrial Psychology (1991)
Email chase4lacitycouncil@gmail.com
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Carlos Lara

Community Leader
314 votes (1.43%)
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Neighborhood Council President
290 votes (1.32%)
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  • Homeless population / safety
  • Job growth / business stimulus
  • Environmental concerns / protect against HSR
Profession:Neighborhood Council President
President, The Sunland-Tujunga Neighboprhood Council — Elected position (2016current)
Co-Chair of Communication, Los Angeles Budget Advocates — Elected position (20152016)
Budget Advocate Region 1, The Los Angeles Budget Advocates — Elected position (20132016)
Entertainment Industry Representative, Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council — Elected position (20122015)
Task force on Outreach, Board of Neighborhood Commissioners — Appointed position (20142014)

I am an artist and a creative problem solver.  Our City Council will benefit from more creative problem solvers whose primary goal is the quality of life of the district they represent.  I am not afraid to think outside the box to make the seemingly impossible happen.

 

            I have been a professional actor and proud SAG-AFTRA member for over 30 years.   I arrived in Los Angeles from Florida at the age of 16 as an emancipated minor with a HS diploma and an acceptance into the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  I am a prime example of the hopeful innocents that flock to our city in search of the “Hollywood” dream. 

 

            Over the years, I was lucky to have steady work and made appearances on some of Television’s most popular shows including 7th Heaven, Roseanne, Boy Meets World and most memorably, Saved By The Bell where I portrayed the kick-ass lady wrestler who fought to be a member of the “boys” team.  I became a successful working actor in the top percentage of my field, but that fairytale doesn’t happen for the majority of artists in the entertainment industry, even if you work hard.  I am committed to recapturing our lost jobs by preserving LA’s title of “Entertainment Capital of The World”.  I have successfully championed nationally for the cause as a Convention Delegate and author of national resolutions for my SAG-AFTRA union. 

 

            I have a unique understanding of the vital importance the Entertainment Industry has for our economy and job growth. I have also produced and directed educational films for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as well as documentary films, music videos and promos. 

 

            I want to help our student’s transition seamlessly into the workforce by pairing young artists with professional mentors to help open doors and teach first hand how to make a living using their talents and education. We must stop letting our lucrative jobs and incomes get lured away to other states and start promoting our local artists and locations.

 

            I had years of experience as a supervisor at a company called “Creative Planet”.  I lead a staff of almost a hundred with efficiency and ease.  I am well respected and a great motivator to those around me.  I always listen to all sides of a situation before making a decision.

 

            As a former caregiver for a disabled Senior Citizen, I am aware of the challenges faced during retirement.  Our extended families, seniors and youth need the care and attention they deserve.  We need to help bring accessibility to our neighborhoods, cultural centers, colleges and technical schools.  With careful planning we can create a stronger economy that attracts small businesses and creates new jobs in the fields we will need most like healthcare and green technologies.

 

            I am in my third term on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council.  In July, I was elected President after experiencing the largest voter turnout ever seen for a Neighborhood Council election in the Valley.   Before my Presidency, I served as the very first Entertainment Industry representative in the City of Los Angeles.

 

            I have served two terms as an elected Los Angeles Budget Advocate representing the North East Valley and was Co-Chair of Communication last year.  I brought our social media accounts to life and increased our followers exponentially.  I wrote and spearheaded the Budget Advocate citywide survey that was taken by 100 times more Angelenos than the Mayor’s budget survey and brought the voice of the public straight to City Hall.

 

            I was asked to be a member of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners Task Force on Outreach in 2014.  A nominated and appointed position responsible for defining and discovering best practices and templates to assist Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils to comply with their City Charter Outreach responsibilities.

 

            From 2013-2105 I was an Elected SAG-AFTRA National Convention Delegate.  I created and advocated for 2 Resolutions that were passed at the Inaugural National Convention in Los Angeles.  I brought the educated energy of a 30+ year union worker to the needs of our struggling members.

 

            I was an Art Delegate for District 7 for Arts Day 2014 where I was chosen to dialogue with elected officials about ways to enhance government support for the Arts in order to ensure social, civic and economic vibrancy.

 

            I am a graduate from the very first Pat Brown Institute Civic University.  The inaugural leadership program included training in education, advocacy, communication, and policy culminating in a self created community arts education initiative.

 

            I have been a board member for The Sunland-Tujunga Foundation since 2013. A non-profit serving at-risk youth in the Sunland-Tujunga area.

 

            I was a member of the Bring Hollywood Home Foundation Advisory Board where I advocated for the rights of Independent Filmmakers and the need for production incentives that are more inclusive.

 

            I was a featured speaker at the LA Convergence where over three hundred attendees got fired up by my Pecha Kucha presentation.  My topic?  How can we, promote artists for free! 

 

            I have volunteered regularly for many non-profits, schools and organizations including Lemay Elementary, Teranga Ranch, The Los Angeles LGBT Center, Arts For LA, Aide Africa, The Sierra Club, McGroarty Arts Center, The American Cancer Relay For Life, Women In Film, Film Independent and the The River Rock Arts Colony.

I have been a registered Democrat since I could vote. However, I am fiscally conservative.  I have never voted according to party, I vote issues.  I have chosen candidates for races from all of the parties currently represented and wish we had more choices.  I vote Democratic, Libertarian, Green, Republican and Independent.  None of the established parties represent me to the full extent.

 

         Our current “Two Party” system is destroying the possibility for a bright young innovator to step up and truly solve problems instead of focusing on getting re-elected and paying back political favors.

 

         Anyone who runs for office is a political hero in my eyes.

Vote YES on Measure S

Summary

Measure S will:

  • Ban developers from writing their own self-serving “Environmental Impact” reports, an obvious conflict of interest that is used against communities as an unfair tool of overdevelopment
  • Make the Los Angeles City Council do its job, by creating a rational citywide plan for Los Angeles tied directly to infrastructure limitations, true population figures and community desires
  • Preserve neighborhoods and institute a protective 2-year timeout that stops the Los Angeles City Council from its current practice of spot zoning –
    parcel-by-parcel zoning changes and spot General Plan amendments and inappropriate development that destroys neighborhood character and displaces longtime residents and small businesses
  • Protect affordable housing projects by exempting them from the 2-year timeout

For more information, please visit: http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2016/16-1054_misc_12-23-16.pdf

I strongly support a YES on Measure S.

This is a chance to return the power back to the people. Affordable housing is no longer “affordable” in Los Angeles. Measure S will help ordinary people fight huge development projects that destroy the character and culture of our neighborhoods and the displacement of longtime residents.

VOTE Krystee Clark for Los Angeles City Council!

#69 on the Ballot!

We desperately need new leaders to solve the problems that City Hall insiders and career politicians have turned into a serious crisis.

You have a choice

Homeless population /Safety

Summary

One of the top issues in District 7 is eliminating our Homeless population and the safety concerns that follow.

The current situation is atrocious for both the homeless and our local residents.  I would create a Homeless task force whose only job is helping to get these residents off the streets in our District alone.   It would include police officers from LA and County, service providers, mental health specialists, a Park Ranger, a domestic violence specialist, chemical waste disposal, bulky item disposal and a trash crew.  Encampments would be cleared immediately with belongings deposited into mobile bin units that can be accessed by their owners.

 

Launch a public relations campaign to educate constituents on how to deal with our homeless situation.  Teach who to call, when to call and how to help.  It is imperative to get everyone on the same page when dealing with the situation. 

 

         We need multiple citywide mobile units for everything.  A clothing closet with clean donations, a computer lab, a set of showers, bins for storage, day care and animal spay and neutering.  The units would have a schedule that hits different areas of the district at different times.  Like food trucks that roll into an area... these services would bring fair distribution to all communities.

 

         Create a work system for daily hourly jobs and pay cleaning up our streets and parks.  Meet at a designated space and be given a manual labor style job that can be completed by almost anyone.  Pay with cash at end of day. 4 hour shifts.  Have a meal provided for low cost, a banking system available for savings.  Create pod share type housing units for easily rehabilitated demographics like our homeless youth.

 

         Section 8 vouchers must have some desirability to property owners.  We need to create a better incentive program in place for a limited number of years to encourage placement.

Job Creation / Business stimulus

Summary

One of the top priorities in District 7 is job creation and business stimulus.

 

 

My plan for creating jobs in CD-7 will take advantage of the current enthusiasm for environmental issues.  Creating jobs that protect the natural environment, while ensuring social equity are essential elements of my plan.  Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) is the prime source for higher education in the District, yet its class catalog does not contain any sustainability classes.  My plan would entail working with Dr. Perez (President, LAMC) to develop a skills certificates program in “green” job skills.  Bring some of these classes to the satellite campus in Sunland-Tujunga.

 

         For example, the certificate programs should be geared to the following skill areas, which have high job growth potential:

         1). Solar Panel Technicians, which will assist in LADWP’s goal of using more renewable energy sources.

         2). Energy/Water Use Technicians, which will be needed due to Los Angeles’ new Existing Building Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance, which will mandate that all buildings in LA be benchmarked and disclose energy and water usage.

         3). Wellness Technicians, which could combine elements of LAMC’s Allied Health Programs with creating healthier building interiors for workers, students and residents. 

         In addition, my plan will seek support for a Northeast San Fernando Valley clean technologies hub similar to the LA Cleantech Incubator at the La Kretz Innovation Campus.  This proposed training facility would increase green job growth opportunities, while educating under-represented minority populations in CD-7.         

 

 

— February 28, 2017 Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council

The Sunland Tujunga Neighborhood Council, North Hills East Neighborhood Council and the Pacoima Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with All Nations Church held a Los Angeles City Council Candidate Forum!
All candidates had the opportunity to speak as well as take questions from the community in a one on one scenario.

Here is my introduction.


20 questions were given to the candidates that are now posted and available here: drive.google.com/file/d/0B71xuqJI1gRucXFjOHlRcUtzQU0/view

— February 28, 2017 LA Business Today

My appearance on LA Business Today in 2014. I will not stop.

As your future Councilwoman , I will remain honest and transparent while fighting for the citizens of District 7 without prejudice, lies or hidden agendas. I am determined to create jobs, eradicate our homeless encampments, mitigate our deadly traffic situations, protect our unique environment and ensure a streamlined city that operates within our revenue structure.

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Mark Reed

Businessman/Realtor/Rancher
275 votes (1.26%)
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Mike Schaefer

Public Interest Advocate
266 votes (1.21%)
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  • Indict more elected and appointed officials
  • Prudent use of $1.2 billion bonds approved for 10,000 homeless housing
  • Have most liberal library hours in LA County, open now only at noon some days.
Profession:Public Interest Advocate
City Councilmember, City Council, City of San Diego, Ca — Elected position (19651971)
Assistant City Prosecutor, City of San Diego, Ca — Appointed position (19631965)
Georgetown University Law School, Washington, DC Juris Doctor, Civil and criminal law, (1963)
University of California, Berkeley, Ca Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1960)
Lender Mortgage Subservicer
258 votes (1.18%)
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  • To establish peer review of all codes to ensure they are understandable and constitutional and remedy where not.
  • Handle Homeless, disallow skid row (unhygenic) conditions on city streets, sidewalks and properties
  • Create Affordable Housing without tax increases by facilitating investors with boiler plate models, including expanding what is allowable for 'tiny homes'.
Profession:Legal Secretary and Real Estate Agent
Realtor, Meridian Capital Real Estate (2010current)
CEO/ President, National Reconveyance Center (1992current)
CEO, Community Assistance & Utilization Services Establisment, Inc. Non Profit Corp. dba CAUSE, Inc. (2003current)
CEO, Foreclosure Freedom Network (2007current)
Neighborhood Watch Captain, Hansen Hills Neighborhood Watch — Appointed position (2012current)
Hubbard College of Administration Organization Executive Course and Flag Executive Briefing Course, Organization Executive Course and Flag Executive Briefing Course (1988)
Nexdoor Lead, Nexdoor (2014current)
Anti drug advocate contributor, Several Drug & Crime Rehab & Education including columbia peace deal with the FARC (2001current)
Interfaith & Community Assistance Advocate, Maseed, World Literacy Crusade, Foundation for a Drug Free World, Roman Catholic Church (1976current)

Our US and California constitutions should be simple, but are often ignored.  This can and has gotten the City into trouble.  By way of example, just a few weeks ago Los Angeles City settled a lawsuit by paying 200 Million dollars.   

   This lawsuit settlement (on August 30, 2016) was made necessary due to LA’s failure to provide ways and means for a sufficient amounts of affordable housing.  The biggest problem creating this situation was and still is LA’s archaic zoning ordinances which do not provide ample codes to allow for tiny homes, which could be an affordable housing solution for many of the homeless.

   Homelessness has risen by 20% in the past two years alone and is up to a record high of 26,000 homeless.

   Our district has seen a huge rise in homeless settlements, causing fires and need for hasmet suited teams of people to continually go in to clean up such areas. 

   This is trouble to our residents and encroaches on our rights, and theirs, as so much can be effectively done about this, but isn’t. 

— January 20, 2017 Saunders4District7.com

Affordable Housing,  Homelessness, Jobless, Drug abusers, unconstitutional and excessive fees charged for code violations and much more are all easy to fix with pen and ink code and zoning reform.

Our zoning and building codes all need to be modified and organized to be simpler to understand and comply with.  This can include and begin with boiler plate building codes that have been pre-checked for immediate need and if this is done, will get a fast flow treatment at Building and Safety, allowing developers to populate vacant lots economically without all the red tape.

 

 

— January 20, 2017 Saunders4district7.com

Today I want to propose a “Los Angeles City “Fair Fees Violations” Amendment to take care of the excessive and extortive fees being charged within 45 days of a citation of a violation.

In this example we have 15 days passed for fixing the violation, after which $550 was charged for Non-Compliance Enforcement. 30 days after that 2 times $550 or 1100 dollars was charged as a “Late Charge” totaling now 1650 and added to that is an additional 50% of that total or 825, now totaling $$2475. In addition, there are Code Violation investigation fee of $336, a System Development surcharge and late fee of 70.56 an and a Title Report fee of $42.00 totaling $2923.56, just 30 days late on the fixing deadline!

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Franki Marie Becerra

Manager, State Government
226 votes (1.03%)
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David Jesse Barron

Neighborhood Council Boardmember
218 votes (1%)
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  • Oppose the High Speed Train and do all in my power politically or legally to prevent the High Speed Train from destroying our council district 7 communities. .
  • Prevent increasing crime by writing and lobbying state legislators to build more prisons to prevent over crowding and prevent need for early release.
  • To help prevent Land Use and Zoning abuses that destroy the character of neighborhoods and communities.
Profession:Los Angeles Housing Inspector

To defend Oppose High Speed Train, reduce increased crime and investigate Land Use/Zoning abuses.

Summary

Opposing the High Speed Rail, reduce increased crime and prevent Land Use/zoning abuses.

 

High Speed Train; Our communities oppose the unknown cost and threat of a High Speed Train. As a council representative I will do all in my power, politically and legally to communicate to the HSR Authority and state legislators to abolish any High Speed Train routes going through our CD7 district that would destroy our communities, adjacent Angeles Forest and our natural open space.

 

 

Increased Crime: As council member I will request LAPD to provide more presence of officers which deters crime. And, motor officers to deter speeding. I will also request code enforcement from various departments to be available for resident’s complaints and concerns, which will allow Police to handle more high risk calls. I will formally write and lobby state legislators to build the necessary prisons to house the growing prisoner population, instead of releasing prisoners early into our communities.  In addition, I will call press conferences to inform the public of our state legislators and city council's failed responsibility to provide public safety as priority.

 

 

 

Land Use Issues; Besides hiring local field deputies, I will hire a research person, construction estimator, media person to get important information out to our communities. A land use / zoning specialist, an accountant and an attorney for additional advice on defending CD7 from an over-reaching government, who my want to erroneously rezone parcels in violation of our community and specific plans. And, research for any laws or policies in the horizon that are not in the best interest of our constituents so I may inform residents, so we can stand strong and protect our district from unethical changes. In addition, staff and I will work closely with all CD7 Neighborhood Council's.  I may call press conferences to reach more of the residents who may not read our newsletter.

 

To oppose the High Speed Train. Reduce increasing crime. Prevent Land Use/Zoning abuses.

Summary

To oppose the High Speed Train.  Reduce increasing crime.  Prevent Land Use/Zoning abuses.

 

High Speed Train; Our communities oppose the unknown cost and threat of a High Speed Train. As a council representative I will do all in my power, politically and legally to communicate to the HSR Authority and state legislators to abolish any High Speed Train routes going through our CD7 district that would destroy our communities, adjacent Angeles Forest and our natural open space.

 

 

 

 

 

Increased Crime: As council member I will request LAPD to provide more presence of officers which deters crime. And, motor officers to deter speeding. I will also request code enforcement from various departments to be available for resident’s complaints and concerns, which will allow Police to handle more high risk calls. I will formally write and lobby state legislators to build the necessary prisons to house the growing prisoner population, instead of releasing prisoners early into our communities.  In addition, I will call press conferences to inform the public of our state legislators and city council's failed responsibility to provide public safety as priority.

 

 

 

Land Use Issues; Besides hiring local field deputies, I will hire a research person, construction estimator, media person to get important information out to our communities. A land use / zoning specialist, an accountant and an attorney for additional advice on defending CD7 from an over-reaching government, who my want to erroneously rezone parcels in violation of our community and specific plans. And, research for any laws or policies in the horizon that are not in the best interest of our constituents so I may inform residents, so we can stand strong and protect our district from unethical changes. In addition, staff and I will work closely with all CD7 Neighborhood Council's.  I may call press conferences to reach more of the residents who may not read our newsletter.

 

 

 

Email barron4citycouncil@yahoo.com
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John T. Higginson

Business Owner/Counselor
169 votes (0.77%)
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Terrence "Terry" Gomes

Financial Advisor
149 votes (0.68%)
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Real Estate Broker
139 votes (0.63%)
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  • Gang & Crime have to be reduced if we are to attract business and increase housing. I will bring in additional resources to fight crime and reduce gang violence.
  • Homelessness is a national crisis and non more than in LACD7 In the North East SFV we have the highest homeless population of any area in the San Fernando Valley. As a RE Broker & community acitivist I have a strategic plan on how to address it
  • Creating JOBS are essential if the area is going to be vitable and be able to attract business. I have an MBA and Computer Science Degree that along with my professional and business contacts I will be able to accomplish this goal
Profession:Real Estate Broker
Real Estate Broker, self (1999current)
USC Entrepreneurial Program, Business (1987)
Pepperdine University Masters in Business Administration, Marketing & Management (1983)
Texas AM-Commerce Bachlor of Science, Computer Science (1979)

Jose G. Castillo, MBA is a visionary effective leader, trusted real estate broker, entrepreneur, and social justice activist.He has degrees data processing, computer science, Masters in Business Administration (Pepperdine University) and graduated from USC's entrepreneurial program and for the last 20+ years has been a real estate broker. These educational, professional experience are what is necessary to deal with the issues facing LACD7!   I have extensive nonprofit background that is necessary to deal with the issues of homelessness and gang and crime reduction. My real estate background will serve us well in dealing with housing and transportation issues that our region faces.

My political philosphy is very simple. Do what is right for the people you represent.  I am a results oriented person that will go against my own party  if it does not benefit my stakeholders.

— March 3, 2017 Jose G. Castillo MBA

Jose G. Castillo, MBA is a visionary effective leader, trusted real estate broker, entrepreneur, and social justice activist.He has degrees Data Processing (Uni