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March 7, 2017Local Elections

City of Los Angeles — ” Paul E. Amori, Candidate for Mayor

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Paul E. Amori

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  • Solving Homelessness through a housing first Initiative. We have made finding a loving solution to this terrible epidemic the primary focus of our platform by giving it a face and making it about individuals.
  • We can’t address a permanent solution to homelessness without also doing something to stem the skyrocketing cost of living and the housing shortage in Los Angeles that puts many Angelenos in jeopardy of losing their homes
  • I want L.A. to be one of the first cities in the US to push towards embracing and adopting automated car technology and modifying our infrastructure to support it. WE also need to incentivize drivers to remove their vehicles from the road.
Profession:The Mayor of Love
About Paul E. Amori

Paul E. Amori, founder of the Love Party and three-time Mayor of the Lightning In A Bottle festival, is running for Mayor of Los Angeles to spread love over our fair city.

“LA has not only been my home for the last 16 years, but it is also a very visible stage from which to launch a grass roots movement that we hope to make into a national and eventually even an international movement.

With the nation’s largest homeless population, congested streets and highways, rising cost of living and crime, Los Angeles is in dire need of more love!”

Amori’s first foray into the world of politics came when he was ceremoniously elected mayor of the Lightning in a Bottle music festival in 2012 and 2013. As a token of his esteem for the festival and its multi-cultural attendees he created Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, a late night venue that celebrates love in all its myriad forms and passions. Over the last four years Amori’s has become a beloved institution at the festival and has continued to serve as the festival’s honorary mayor.

Like all descendants of immigrants of this great nation, Amori’s roots can be traced back to the old country.  But make no mistake, Amori is 110% grade A – Amorican, and an Angelino thru and thru.

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What is the Vote 4 Love Campaign?

“Love is the answer and you know that for sure.”  – John Lennon

Since his conception Paul E. Amori has been an emissary of love. He believes that the only way to create positive change in this world is thru putting our hearts first. And that is why Amori founded the Love Party, the only political party to advocate for “Heart First” politics. Amori promotes love above all else and eschews all “smear” tactics in favor of a “spread” (the love) approach, rebuffing hatred and bitterness with love and compassion.

The mission statement of the Love Party is to create a new political paradigm by bringing love into the conversation of politics and putting it into action to solve real world problems.

Amori and The Vote 4 Love Campaign reject the angry, hateful and vitriolic campaign tactics that steer us away from intelligent discourse about solving the problems that affect us all (regardless of party affiliation) and embraces love as the fundamental fuel that should be driving the political system. The Vote 4 Love Campaign poses the question, what does policy creation and execution look like when the ultimate goal is to spread more love?

The Vote 4 Love Campaign is also committed to dramatically raising the bar on voter turn out. With less than 20% of registered voters expected to turn out for LA’s 2017 mayoral election we can’t help but wonder, why aren’t people feeling the love. The answer, we believe, is that the good citizens of our fair city do not feel heard or empowered, in turn they don’t feel connected to the politicians who are supposed to be representing them. The Vote 4 Love Campaign will put the people first by digging deep into communities all across Los Angeles to find out what issues are most important to them and what they want from their elected officials. We hope that citizens will not just vote 4 love, but also love their vote by casting their ballots on March 7th.

having a Heart for the Homeless.

Summary

Solving the homeless issue in Los Angeles.

My heart is broken every day by the plight of the homeless in our city and that’s why we have made finding a loving solution to this terrible epidemic the primary focus of our platform.

In LA County we have close to 50,000 homeless. In the City of Los Angeles, there are over 28,000 homeless, with over 10,000 living in Downtown LA. Of that total, over 6,000 are veterans.

We have come to see homelessness as an inevitable part of our urban experience, what’s worse, we have come to accept it.

The actions taken by local government are a start but don’t go far enough or act quickly enough – take the recently passed Proposition HHH, which aims to fund a 1.2 Billion dollar bond that will create 7,000 to 10,000 homes over the next 10 years. What about the other 40,000 plus homeless living in LA county who need homes now, not in three to ten years.

So where do we start? I believe the first step towards finding a real solution to homelessness is to realize that it is within our power to solve.

We start by seeing and acknowledging the homeless, by not ignoring the suffering of our brothers and sisters. We remind ourselves that with a simple twist of fate, any of us could find ourselves in their place.

We reframe homelessness by giving it a face, making it about individuals that we can take steps to help rather than treating it as a huge, abstract and insurmountable problem.

And we respond to homelessness with a variety of housing and services programs, including emergency shelters and transitional housing. We hold close the tenant that no man, woman or child will be left behind. This pertains especially to the chronic homeless, people who have been on the street for more than a year, with whom we will take a “Housing First” approach.

“Housing First” is a simple philosophy, which believes that in order to effectively treat the causes of homelessness we must first get people off of the streets. Once in homes we can triage the issues they face, from mental illness and substance abuse to domestic violence. This method not only saves the city money by reducing the huge amount of municipal services used by the homeless, who fill our ER’s, shelters and jails, but has been proven to work in places like Utah which used this method to effectively end homelessness in their state.

The overall approach has to be one in which we create a holistic system that doesn’t just treat the symptoms of homelessness but seeks to affect the roots of the problem from a mind, body and spirit perspective. And we have to acknowledge that there are people in our city that just need our help and our love.

Building More Homes By Building With Love

Summary

Affordable Housing Los Angeles

Cities are eco systems; one problem creates another just as one solution creates another. We can’t address a permanent solution to homelessness without also doing something to stem the skyrocketing cost of living and the housing shortage in Los Angeles that puts many Angelenos in jeopardy of losing their homes.

UCLA recently released an alarming study that found that many L.A. County residents are fearful of potentially losing their homes and becoming homeless, because they can’t afford to pay for basic costs of living like food and housing. The bottom line; housing is difficult to obtain and maintain for a large swath of the public due to a lack of affordable housing units combined with insufficient and stagnant incomes.

Since 2014 the average monthly rent has risen by 55% while the medium income level has ticked up only 13%. According to experts, on average a person living in LA needs to earn at least $33 an hour, or $68,640 a year, to be able to afford an apartment in Los Angeles County. Since most L.A. residents earn much less than this, they end up spending an average of 47 percent of their income on rent – the highest percentage in the nation.

Even with the minimum wage being expanded to $15 by 2020, most of our citizens are earning less than half what they need to be able to subsist in our city.

The only solution is to create more affordable homes, more quickly. But in order to keep the supply on par with the demand we have to be adding roughly 100,000 homes to the market every year. This is simply not possible unless we can reduce the regulations that restrict building new homes and apartments and pass regulations that favor low income housing development over big budget building projects and developers.

We also need to embrace new building techniques, new methods of construction and new technologies. One possible solution is 3D printing which uses cheaper, often recycled materials and cutting edge designs that require far less raw materials. China has been using prototypes to build high quality homes in staggeringly short periods of time, recently printing ten homes in 24 hours, for $5,000 each. Not ony does this building method cut material and labor costs, It also reduces waste and carbon emissions.

Heart first politics require us to be open to any and all ideas that can provide real solutions!

Loving Ways To Reduce Traffic

Summary

Traffic in Los Angeles

L.A. officially has the worst traffic in the country, with drivers spending an average of 81 hours a year sitting in their cars stalled on our freeways and roads. The only way that we can reduce this is by improving efficiencies and figuring out how to remove drivers from the road.

I want L.A. to be one of the first cities in the US to push towards embracing and adopting automated car technology and modifying our infrastructure to support it. By all accounts self-driving cars will reduce congestion because they are safer (human error accounts for 90% of all traffic accidents) and can travel faster. With less space needed between cars, “highway lanes can be narrower because vehicles won’t need as much margin for error.”

In the slightly more distant future, we will move away from private ownership of cars altogether and instead rely on commercial fleets of automated cars to service multiple people at one time. When this happens we will be able to greatly reduce the city space used for parking lots and garages, space which can be given over to helping solve our housing issues.

But it’s not enough to rely on more efficient technologies, we also have to figure out ways to incentivize drivers to remove their vehicles from the roads. This means creating public transportation that is more appealing to drivers than their own cars. The easiest way to incentivize drivers is to save them time.

Our current public transportation system is quite limited, though it’s getting better with additions like the Metro’s Expo line from DTLA to Santa Monica. But as good as the Expo line is it still often takes longer to take this train than to drive to your destination.

But what if there was an option that took you half the time without traffic and a quarter of the time during peak travel hours? Technologies like the Hyperloop could make this a possibility in the very near future. The Hyperloop can build routes on top of existing infrastructure that could shuttle people between major travel hubs i.e. Burbank Airport to LAX (in roughly 8 minutes) and could build the infrastructure required to do this in a fraction of the time (roughly 4 years) it takes to build equivalent public transportation systems with our current methods.

Another program to reduce traffic is a voluntary program with tax incentives to persuade major employers to stagger work start and finish times during the week thus reducing the typical 9 to 5 rush hours back-ups.

Paul E. Amori is running for mayor of Los Angeles as a member of the Love Party!! Here is the video for his official campaign anthem, written and performed by Rome da Luce!

— January 11, 2017 Amori 4 Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Meet Paul E. Amori.

— January 11, 2017 Amori 4 Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Paul E. Amori's official announcement of his candidacy for Mayor of Los Angeles.

— February 23, 2017 Candidate

Times like these require all of us to become a part of the political process and that starts at home by educating ourselves about what’s happening in our own backyards.

This is the first episode in my new series called Paul-E-Tics, in which I’ll be exploring the inner workings of L.A. city government with a little help from its citizens.

I hope you’ll join me and together we will find the love for local politics!

For more on Paul E. Amori and the Vote 4 Love campaign, please visit: www.vote4love.com

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