Mayor —City of Los AngelesMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
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Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. As the city’s chief executive, he has led L.A. to raise its minimum wage, lower its business tax, bring Hollywood jobs home, and pass the nation's boldest transportation plan and a groundbreaking initiative to house the homeless. He is running for Mayor again to keep getting things done.
Garcetti was elected four times by his peers to serve as President of the Los Angeles City Council from 2006 to 2012. From 2001 until taking office as Mayor, he served as the Councilmember representing the 13th District which includes Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, and Atwater Village -- all of which were dramatically revitalized under Garcetti's leadership.
Garcetti was raised in the San Fernando Valley and earned his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University. He studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and the London School of Economics and taught at Occidental College and USC. A fourth generation Angeleno, he and his wife, Amy Elaine Wakeland, have a young daughter. He is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy reserve and is an avid jazz pianist and photographer.
- Los Angeles City Council (all members)
- Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (all members)
- Los Angeles County Democratic Party
- Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
- Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
- Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
- Sierra Club
- Fixing the housing crisis by adding 300,000 new units in the next ten years, prioritizing affordable housing, workforce housing, and homeless housing.
- Reforming the Department of Water and Power by demanding Commissioners be elected, a truly independent Ratepayer Advocate, and greater transparency.
- Restoring trust in City Hall by refusing donations from PACs and developers, shutting down the "Mayor's Fund", shutting down my fundraising committee when elected, and serving the full term.
Mitchell Schwartz has spent his entire career serving the public interest. As a political strategist, environmentalist, and entrepreneur, Mitchell has successfully combined strong executive skills and communications expertise with a commitment to community outreach.
CLINTON AND OBAMA
Mitchell has spent more than thirty years in senior roles in government and politics at the state and federal levels, including important work in environmental protection and international affairs. In 1992, Mitchell ran then-Governor Bill Clinton’s pivotal primary campaign in New Hampshire that was credited in making Clinton the “Comeback Kid” and ultimately clinching the nomination.
During President Clinton’s first term, Mitchell’s strong communication and people skills led to an appointment to Communications Director at the U.S. State Department, where he served under Secretary Warren Christopher.
Mitchell has a penchant for working for candidates who speak to his ideals and vision for change and share his commitment to Democratic values. In 2008, Mitchell ran then-candidate Barack Obama’s California campaign.
At the conclusion of his federal government service, Mitchell tapped into his entrepreneurial spirit and created the Bomaye Company, an innovative public relations firm. His firm worked with nonprofits and community groups to help build public understanding of and support for important local, national and international initiatives, including the Save Darfur campaign. Bomaye also worked with the United Nations, successfully organizing events for U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and basketball camps for youth in the former Yugoslavia.
Mitchell was a partner in the development of the Pine Tree Wind Power Project in the Tehachapi Mountains. The wind farm produces 120 megawatts of electricity, capable of powering up to 100,000 homes here in Los Angele, while reducing 200,000 tons of carbon emissions.
As a lifelong committed environmentalist, Mitchell and his company worked with many environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, the California League of Conservation Voters, and Global Green USA. He served as President of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters from 2007 to 2010.
Mitchell is particularly proud to have spearheaded the successful launch of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s “Green Power” program, which was the largest and most visible green power campaign in the country. And his company organized the grassroots and online marketing campaign of An Inconvenient Truth, former Vice President Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary on climate change.
Mitchell also has extensive expertise in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable resources. As a partner in Prometheus Energy Services, he helped develop and launch the largest municipally-owned wind farm in the United States. In 2008, Mitchell founded SK/Impact to help businesses and non-profits improve energy efficiency, expand renewable resources, and access “green capital.”
LIVING IN LA
Mitchell is the past president of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters and was a longtime board member. Until recently, Mitchell was Vice President of the board at Temple Israel of Hollywood, a past Treasurer of Jewish Family Services in Santa Monica, and was on the board of the Westside Jewish Community Center and the Miguel Contreras Advisory Council. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Lizzie, and their three children. He has coached multiple soccer, baseball, and basketball teams at the YMCA, Pan Pacific Park, and St. Brendan’s Church.
Restoring Trust in City Hall
A Five-Point Pledge by Mitchell Schwartz to the Voters of Los Angeles
A Message from Mitchell Schwartz
I have worked in politics and government for a long time. I have seen the power that special interest groups have at every level of government, and how it prevents real progress from being made. Politicians don’t stand up to special interests when they need them to advance their careers.
It’s time we had a Mayor who works with all Angelenos to further a progressive agenda that works for the people.
My pledge to the people of Los Angeles:
1. As a candidate for Mayor, I will not accept campaign contributions from any Political Action Committees.
2. As a candidate for Mayor, I will not accept any campaign contributions from developers.
3. As Mayor, after the election, I will shut down my campaign fundraising committee until January 2021 at the earliest.
4. As Mayor, I will immediately shut down the Mayor’s Fund.
5. I will serve the full 2017-2022 term without campaigning at all for a higher office.
Candidate for Mayor
Refusing PAC Contributions
Political Action Committees (PACs) are an easy way for special interest groups to use their money to exert influence over politicians. Often times they will hide behind a PAC with a good name to avoid controversy. Tobacco or oil interests might create a PAC with “Jobs” in the name. Meanwhile, only the politician and the special interests know what the contribution is really about.
As a candidate for Mayor, I will not allow these special interest groups to influence my decisions. I will not take any PAC contributions.
Refusing Developer Contributions
Over the past 10 years, developers have donated over $6 million to City Councilmembers, the Mayor, and other local elected officials. In return, the Mayor and City Council have bended zoning rules for these developers, leading to an excess of luxury housing over affordable housing, increasing traffic, and driving up the homeless population.
Shutting Down the Campaign Committee
The day after a politician is elected, he or she immediately begins raising money for re-election. Elected officials literally spend more time fundraising than doing the work voters elected them to do. That needs to change. By simply closing his or her fundraising committee, the Mayor would have no ability to raise money for re-election.
As Mayor, I will focus first and foremost on the people of Los Angeles and the job of Mayor. I will close down my campaign fundraising committee until January of 2021 at the earliest.
Shutting Down the Mayor’s Fund
The Mayor’s Fund is a non-profit based at City Hall that the Mayor raises money for, allowing developers and other big donors to get direct access to him or her. Special interests contributing to the Mayor’s Fund include AT&T, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, SoCal Gas, Verizon, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. Over $14 million was raised for the Fund in its first year.
While the Fund supports worthwhile causes, there are other non-profits that can provide the support offered by it. Let our philanthropic sector do what they do best. We need our political leaders to be responsive to all of the citizens, not just those who can write big checks.
Serving the Full Term
If you are always seeking higher office you avoid taking political risks. Los Angeles can’t afford a Mayor who isn’t willing to risk his relationships with special interests. As Mayor, I will commit to a full term in office, through 2022, without raising money or campaigning for any higher office.
After 20 years in Los Angeles I have become frustrated with what I know can be changed. In my view, the city of Los Angeles needs a progressive Mayor who is concerned with the success and well-being of all Angelenos and who isn’t afraid to risk upsetting moneyed powers.
In order to fix our corrupt system, we need to repeal the disastrous Citizens United decision at the federal level. But in the meantime, we can elect people who aren’t seeking higher office down the road. If I have the honor to serve as your Mayor, it’s going to be my only elected office in my life.
The Schwartz Housing Plan
Housing is the most pressing issue facing Los Angeles. Los Angeles suffers fromanacute shortage of housing, from houses for middle-income families to three-and four-bedroom apartments for working-class families to studios for young people to single resident occupancy units for very low-income individuals. For decades, the city has failed to address this issue in a strategic, comprehensive manner, and the result is an enormous problem that impacts millions of residents today, creates growing social problems, and will choke off economic growth in the near future. For LA’s future prosperity and the well being of its residents, addressing and solving the housing dilemma is the most urgent task facing the city.
1. Establish transparency by removing political money from development decisions
- Disclose campaign donations to city elected officials within 48 hours.
- Limit contributions from developers.
2. Create a “housing czar” to coordinate efforts across departments
- This office will establish achievable goals and timetables and hold departments accountable for results.
3. Update general plan and all community plans within four years.
- Establish immediate neighborhood dialogues with city planners and developers.
- Review zoning for industrial and commercials areas.
4. Review impact fees, borrowing costs, and other expenses developers face
- Establish a working committee of developers, planners, and community members to identify ways to reduce the cost of building homes.
5. Review incentive programs for creating housing for working families
- Implement recommendations recently made by City Controller Ron Galperin to improve the effectiveness of the density bonus program.
6. Streamline city and state regulation.
- Make reasonable revisions to prevent misuse of CEQA requirements.
- Establish a public/private task force to identify unnecessary, duplicative, and overly cumbersome city regulations.
7. Encourage innovation, new ideas, and new technologies to solve the crisis.
- Draw on the experience of successful new concepts and efforts elsewhere in the country.
- Use the incredible intellectual resources of UCLA, USC, CalState Northridge, and CalState LA to develop housing strategies that are reasonable and achievable and make economic sense.
8. Make the private and nonprofit sectors full partners in the housing effort.
- Use their expertise to closely examine and evaluate such issues as approval processes, city fee structure, special requirements, and zoning with the goal of increasing housing in Los Angeles.
- Work with developers, economists and urbanists to craft a reasonable package of incentives and requirements that stimulate a diverse portfolio of housing production at reasonable costs and maximum return – particularly reasonably priced housing for middle- and low-income families.
9. Explore mechanisms to leverage the enormous investment potential of city, county and state pension funds to finance new housing
Read the full study at www.SchwartzForMayor.com/housing-plan.
You know it, I know it: our city isn't working right. Los Angeles is run by career politicians for developers, downtown interests, and connected insiders - but this city should be run on behalf of you. We need to demand change!
Politicians like Eric Garcetti pander to the rich and powerful because they need the money to run for the next, higher office. The whole system is corrupt and we need to demand change.
We, the residents of Los Angeles, own the DWP - but no one is accountable to residents of Los Angeles. My plan to fix DWP is a three-point Owners Bill of Rights.
We need to build more houses and apartments - as Mayor, I will build 300,000 more reasonably priced housing units in the next 10 days. We will do this by expanding in downtown and commercial and industrial areas. We can make LA more affordable for working families and even reduce homelessness.
- My top priority would be to fix the infrastructure. We have pipes over 90 years old that are breaking. Pot holes in the streets.
- Homeless -- Los Angeles has over 47,000 homeless people and it will increase.
- Education - Our schools are failing. Being a retired teacher LAUSD for 32 years I would like to get involved with this problem.
I am a native of Los Angeles 3rd generation. I grew up in Brenwood, California, where I attended Paul Revere Middle School and Pacific Palisades High School. At Palisades High School, I was chosen one of the heads of our Drill Team by my peers. I decided to become a teacher, so, I could help children reach their full potential. My parents believed in education, so I continued my career in obtaining two Master's Degrees. One was in Psychology and the other one was equivalent to an ESL Master's. I taught English as a Second Language to middle school students for 32 years, which I found very rewarding. After retiring, I went into acting, which was always a dream of mine. I found this very fulfilling and enjoyed every moment of it.
I want to be able to listen and communicate with the people of Los Angeles. I feel that town meetings can be beneficial. Los Angeles has many assets that are not being used to their best advantage. In additin, I want to look at our budget. There is too much waste going on. We need to make Los Angeles Great Again. It is going to take a group effort to accomplish this. The cooperation with the city worker's and unions is essential. Everyone has something to bring to the table and I want to hear about it.
This video talks about the problems of our school system LAUSD.
Diane "Pinky" Harman discussing the most pressing problem Los Angeles faces.
Pinky talks about the issues facing Los Angeles. The video was seen on channel 5 KTLA yesterday, Feb. 7th at 10 pm. You can google the entire interview: Diane Pinky Harman KTLA
- Homeless encampments are now spreading throughout the city, in places we've never seen. We must reduce the homeless encampments, and it's an emergency, not just a crisis.
- Using platform, as mayoral candidate to urge voters to vote YES on Measure S: Because it related to skyscrapers/traffic/cost of housing/homelessness/affordable housing=it's a big issue; and I am asking for a YES vote on S!
- Implementing Deming's 14 Points (Methods for Management of Quality & Productivity): When people demand to cut the fraud, waste and abuse....this is the actual method. Not hot air, empty exhortations. A lack of Q&P drives up cost of everything.
For past ten years, David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg has fought fraud, waste and abuse at city hall; and has been succesfull on many fronts; including shutting down various shady projects; winning a Federal free speech/civil rights lawsuit vs L.A. City Council; and is trained in methods for management of quality and productivity; and has been published on the topic. http://ZumaDogg.com for more.
- Jobs - Join with fellow workers to demand and fight for a government-funded public works program to create jobs at union-scale pay to replace crumbling infrastructure, build schools, medical & childcare centers; fight for $15 minimum wage and unions.
- Defend democratic and workers’ rights – Defend right to organize unions, oppose deportations and E-verify, defend and guarantee women the right to choose abortion; call for prosecuting cops who kill or brutalize working people.
- Oppose Washington’s imperialist military attacks — from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria. Oppose scapegoating Muslims; and speak out against Jew-hatred, used to divert workers attention from failings of the capitalist system. Oppose embargo against Cuba.
- Economy: promoting business and industry to relocate to LA – via tax incentives, reduced bureaucracy, thus employing the unemployed
- Water and Energy – build ponds to retain rainwater from LA River, rainwater harvesting mandatory, grey water, desalinization plant run on renewable energy. Pipeline to bring water from other parts of the country. Porous concrete and asphalt.
- Education: Revamp our education system with quality teachers and proper compensation for good educators. Better and greater funding.
YJ Draiman who ran in 2009 for councilmen at District 12 in Los Angeles, YJ Draiman ran for Mayor of Los Angeles – March 5, 2013 Primary.
YJ Draiman was elected for a fourth term in March 2016 and who is part of the executive committee of the NENC brings a unique combination of government, business and community leadership experience to the NENC office. YJ is also a member of the Northridge Vision Committee. YJ has over 25 years experience in Energy Efficiency & Utilities. YJ is a former Real Estate developer, YJ has worked extensively in rehabbing neighborhoods.
YJ background includes a position as a healthcare administrator, managed the building of a 5 star hotel, an Alternative Energy & Efficiency expert, owned and operated a chain of electronic retail stores which included an electronics wholesale division. YJ is currently working on his PHD in Energy Conservation. YJ has been working and implementing his expertise in the Energy and the Utility markets for over 25 years.
In 1989 YJ was asked to run for a senate seat but declined. YJ worked with the Utility Commission in protecting citizens from increased tariffs, where he championed projects offering opportunities for job creation, economic development, and social services for the less fortunate. YJ Draiman lives in Northridge with his wife of 46 years, Miriam. They have 2 children; a 43 year old son, David who is the lead singer for the musical group Disturbed, and a 40 year old son, Benjamin who is a Psychologist and a clinical researcher for several entities including Columbia University. 9420 Reseda Blvd., Unit 274, Northridge, CA 91324 Office: 818-366-6999 ID#1392197 We need honest government with integrity. “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017
Dear Fellow Los Angelinos
Thank you for taking a few moments to learn more about my ideas for building a new Los Angeles.
I appreciate your interest in my campaign and hope my jobs plan will provide you with a better understanding of the type of Mayor I hope to be – one focused on transparency and putting Los Angelinos back to work.
Los Angeles faces one of the most challenging times in our city’s history.
Because of the unfriendly business environment, along with some of the highest tax rates in the nation, families and businesses are being forced to make unthinkable trade-offs, including living the city they love. But I am optimistic about Los Angeles future.
I am running for Mayor because I believe everything is still possible in Los Angeles. That is why as a Mayor that makes LA attractive to business and will create jobs, will be my priority. It is the only way we are going to clean up the mess in Los Angeles. I have a unique skill set and the detailed plan to get Los Angeles going again.
I have started businesses from the ground up and within a short time revenues exceeded $60 million a year. I have been involved in rehabilitation of whole neighborhoods; I have built a 5 star hotel and implemented energy efficiency for over 20 years. I operated a chain of electronics stores.
I think Los Angeles needs a little bit more of a business-like attitude. We have to be honest about our problems, and face them by offering grown-up solutions and put an end to the partisan bickering and hand-wringing that is business as usual.
I can effectively balance the interests of developers, big business and those who are well-situated and I am more concerned about the interests of everyday citizens."
If you do not know and admit that there is a problem, you cannot fix it. Our Pension liability is growing and if its solvency is not addressed, it will put LA into bankruptcy, our infrastructure is deteriorating, our water source is diminished, our utility rates and taxes are climbing. This must not only stop, but it must be reversed.
I am running for Mayor to reinvigorate Los Angeles economic potential – it will take time and the effort of all the people of Los Angeles. We shall overcome these economic hardships if we work together as a unified force.
Draiman is determined to bring a new approach to Los Angeles. One that demands we help struggling businesses and attract new businesses that create jobs, increase revenues and lowers taxes. A city government that provides better efficiency and expedited better services. I propose a city government that makes it a priority and commits itself to improving our schools. A city that is committed to improve public transportation and revive our industrial base.
Draiman has a plan to make Los Angeles economic vitality flourish.
Make Los Angeles Competitive again, raise the standard of living, grow the tax base and help put an end to the yearly budget problems in Los Angeles.
The corruption in LA government must be stopped
Public corruption in LA City Hall "pay-to-play''.
The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect. Nothing real substantive has been enacted by our LA City Hall Government in the past 4 years and more.
The corruption in LA government must be stopped. Public corruption in LA City Hall "pay-to-play''.
The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect. Nothing real substantive has been enacted by our LA City Hall Government in the past 4 years and more.
In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy. The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2022. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city, many have already left. This again will reduce revenues to the city, thus the city will be forced to increase taxes and fees in LA to compensate for the lost revenues.
The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his/her job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA's employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As they say in good leadership, "follow me".
The main question is, why LA voters don't care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.
Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?
City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.
It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.
The peoples brigade for honest government
"The choice we face in Los Angeles and as a nation is simple: Do we want the clean energy and conservation technologies of tomorrow to be invented in America by American innovators, made by American workers and sold around the world, or do we want to concede those jobs to our competitors?" Asks Energy Specialist YJ Draiman. "We can and must compete for those jobs." In Los Angeles, we have the technology, the climate, the resources and the manpower. Let us proceed with conviction.
If you want to bring LA back to economic prosperity - Elect YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA
Interview of YJ Draiman. LA Mayoral Candidate. Backround, LA problems and outlook for the improvement in the future of Los Angeles
- To ensure the health and safety of every member of the community.
- To provide for good paying and fulfilling jobs for every Angeleno willing to work.
- To promote an educational system of the highest caliber.
- "Two Cities", a long-term reform proposal to break the City of LA into 2 new and equal cities, each with an elected Mayor, which would be called North Los Angeles (Valley Cityhood) and West Los Angeles.
- Extending Rent Control (the city's Rent Stabilization Ordinance) to ALL apartments/condos that are being rented in the City of LA, not just those in old buildings (which are being demolished by developers).
- Preserving the character and scale of our Neighborhoods, particularly with regard to Height, by supporting the goals of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.
- Former Homeowners Representative, Mid City West Community Council
- Former Zone 3 Representative, Mid City West Community Council
- Cali-Camp Directors Award (Camp Counselor and Bus Driver), 1993
- Harvard Boys School (now Harvard-Westlake), Class of 1989
- Increase Hiring in Depleted Services, Control Runaway Pension Costs, Stop Subsidizing Special Interests (like Developers), and Improve Contracting and Asset Sales/Leases, in order to provide More City Services, Reduce Crime, and Lower DWP bills, Less Taxes, Lower Fees and Lower Parking Fines
- Triple Current Level of Bus Service and Reduce Fares in order to restore service that has been cut , make Public Transit Affordable and Convenient, and alleviate Traffic
- No Kill LA County: Stop the Killing of Dogs, Cats, Puppies, and Kittens at City and County Shelters
- 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.
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.
- METal International
- The Do Lab
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.
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
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
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!
Meet Paul E. Amori.
Paul E. Amori's official announcement of his candidacy for Mayor of Los Angeles.
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