City Council, District 13 —City of Los AngelesMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
City of Los AngelesCity Council, District 13
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- Comprehensive planning reform to preserve existing affordable housing, expand rent control, and stem the displacement of residents and small businesses from our communities
- Implement a vacancy tax on speculative development to create more funding for homeless prevention and housing programs.
- Advance stricter environmental building standards and implement a program to make solar panels available to lower-income property owners
Sylvie Shain is the daughter of immigrants who settled in Los Angeles in the 1950s to pursue a better life after the hardships of war. Seeking to live in a tight-knit community, Sylvie moved into the historic Villa Carlotta in Hollywood in 2008 and built a successful small business catering to commercial productions.
Sylvie was heartbroken when she witnessed developers systematically evict her neighbors to convert the affordable rent-controlled building to a fancy high-end hotel. While City Hall stood idly by, Sylvie decided to stay and fight. Sylvie set on a course empowering herself and others as she became an experienced community leader and helped found the Los Angeles Tenants Union.
Sylvie Shain is a regular presence at city hall, testifying at hearings and challenging the political establishment on behalf of Los Angelinos facing displacement. As council member, Sylvie will continue to be a progressive champion for our communities on issues including housing, homelessness, immigration, and the environment.
As a housing rights advocate, Sylvie Shain has stopped the demolition of historical cultural monuments, developed historic preservation plans, and saved hundreds of rent-stabilized homes from conversion to luxury units. Because of Sylvie's efforts at City hall, City Council has introduced two legislative proposals to reform planning policy and amend the Los Angeles municipal code.
As your council member, Sylvie Shain will fight for...
-Preservation of affordable and rent-stabilized housing
-Expansion of rent control, including commerical protections for small businesses
-Anti-displacement policies for renters and small businesses
-More housing and services for our homeless
-Comprehensive housing and planning reform
-Protection of immigrant families
-More jobs at living wages
-Public safety initiatives, including Vision Zero
-Stronger local environmental protections
-Free public broadband wifi access
- Housing our homeless brothers and sisters with a Housing First initiative
- True affordable housing
- Activating and engaging constituents for inclusive democracy
Jessica is an activist, organizer and storyteller, originally from the Bay Area. She felt a strong call-to-action after volunteering for Bernie Sanders’ insurgent campaign in 2016.
Jessica grew up in a progressive household, raised by a mother who is a holistic healer and a father who started a community garden and local farm. Immersed in theater arts since elementary school, Jessica carries a deep love for art and storytelling of all mediums. After briefly attending University of Miami’s BFA Theatre conservatory, she finished a degree in theater at San Jose State, co-founding SPOTLITE Stage Company (Student Productions Operating To Learn & Integrate Theatere Education) and finding/exercising her love of directing and producing plays. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Jessica immersed herself in the world of LA Theater, becoming a writer and social media manager with Stage Raw, and participating in the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
This year, Jessica joined the leadership team, Glendale 4 Bernie, where she trained volunteers on Bernie’s platform, and how to phone bank. She also canvassed in Las Vegas, Tucson and LA for the Sanders campaign.
Jessica also became involved with Food and Water Watch and Save Porter Ranch’s efforts to bring about the permanent shut down of Alison Canyon, where last year, a gas blow out became the largest release of methane in US history, harming and displacing thousands of residents.
“There are incredible organizers in Los Angeles. Now we need representatives on City Council who will not only listen to their work but encourage their voices and be a megaphone for their efforts.”
We are a grassroots, people powered campaign. We are here to serve the Four Pillars of Justice- Social, Racial, Economic and Environmental Justices, while showing up and standing with the residents of District 13.
It is time our elected officials become public servants that actually represent and encourage the voices of The People, over the profits of big business.
We hope you will learn more and join us in our endeavors to be campaign of, by and for The People.
All human beings deserve their basic needs, rights and dignity.
We are here to uphold and serve those rights. We are here to guide, encourage and facilitate the work the community already knows how to and has been doing.
Power to the People.
- Public Safety: Every District 13 stakeholders should feel safe in his/her community.
- Everyday quality of life issues: Every District 13 stakeholders should have the desired most basic services met and improved upon.
- Education: Every District 13 child should aspire to a college education.
- Reforming the Planning and Development process in City Hall to more accurately reflect the needs and concerns of the residents and small businesses of the 13th District and to remove the undue influence of large developer money in the process.
- To effectively protect, support and promote the maintenance of the current affordable housing stock (specifically the current RSO units) and support new construction of truly affordable units within CD13 and within the City of LA as a whole.
- Creating AngelCare, a single-payer two-tier health care system for the City of Los Angeles, that would reduce medical costs and provide small business and individuals with affordable coverage and business with relief from worker's comp medical costs.
- Southern California Armenian Democrats