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Great Speakers, Great Event — Help Launch LA Clean Sweep and Help Clean Up City Hall

This is the start of something big — the birth of a grassroots movement to bring all of Los Angeles together to work for open, honest and responsible government that serves residents and business to create safe and healthy neighborhoods and a city that believes in itself.

It is the beginning of the end of sweetheart contracts and back room deals, of disastrous political and policy decision that are all too often made in ignorance, or worse, by deceit.

Hopefully, a new spirit of Los Angeles will be born, one that offers respect to everyone and brings every segment of the community to the table of power where competing interests can be balanced and everyone can feel an ownership stake in a great city.
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People from all over LA are coming to the launch party for LA Clean Sweep — the political action committee to elect better people for a greater LA — at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Mayflower Club, 11110 Victory Blvd. North Hollywood.

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. and feature a great lineup of speakers:

* KRLA midnight talk show Kevin James, the only radio show devoted entirely to local issues. is emcee.

* Former Mayor Richard Riordan, the only prominent civic leader who has come out in public and called for major policy reforms to avert municipal bankruptcy.

* Tezozomoc, leader of South Central Farmers, subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Garden,” who organized dozens of people into an organic farming cooperative after the city bulldozed the decades-old community farm.

* Gerardo Almeida, Labor Relations Representative and organizer with the Southern California District Council of Laborers, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of workers.

* Shirley Ford, lead organizer for the Parent Revolution that is bring parents and teachers together to transform our schools into successful learning institutions.

* Walter Moore, lawyer and blogger who was runner-up in the last mayoral election and has dug deep into the city budget to show the waste and inefficiency that costs the public hundreds of millions of dollars in badly-needed services every year.

All candidates who are seeking election in the March 2011 elections are invited to the event and will be introduced and have the chance to meet the concerned citizens who are committed to working hard to turn LA around and reform City Hall.

Visit lacleansweep.com for more information..

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30 Responses to Great Speakers, Great Event — Help Launch LA Clean Sweep and Help Clean Up City Hall

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry Ron but this group of guest speakers don’t include not one NC leader who has been at the forefront fighting city hall. Riordan should not have been invited. I thought this was not a politician’s forum. Tezozomoc is a Latino radical organization that has the same ideas as the corrupt Mayor. You have a union organizer which I thought LA Clean Sweep was against the big campaign money they donate. The only speaker who has fought city hall is Walter Moore. I like Kevin James and how his show has really put community issues in the limelight. Jack Humphreville should have been a speaker since he’s worked tirelessly on DWP issues and fights for the people. What about Nick Pastouras,

  2. Anonymous says:

    With apologies to the Boss: This train carries saints and sinners, losers and winners, whores and gamblers, fools and kings… BUT DREAMS WILL NOT BE THWARTED, AND FAITH WILL BE REWARDED!
    Godspeed, clean sweepers, in your efforts to turn Los Angeles back into the land of hope and dreams it once was and can be again!
    Land of Hope and Dreams
    Grab your ticket and your suitcase
    Thunder’s rolling down the tracks
    You don’t know where you’re goin’
    But you know you won’t be back
    Darlin’ if you’re weary
    Lay your head upon my chest
    We’ll take what we can carry
    And we’ll leave the rest
    Big Wheels rolling through fields
    Where sunlight streams
    Meet me in a land of hope and dreams
    I will provide for you
    And I’ll stand by your side
    You’ll need a good companion for
    This part of the ride
    Leave behind your sorrows
    Let this day be the last
    Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine
    And all this darkness past
    Big wheels roll through fields
    Where sunlight streams
    Meet me in a land of hope and dreams
    This train
    Carries saints and sinners
    This train
    Carries losers and winners
    This Train
    Carries whores and gamblers
    This Train
    Carries lost souls
    This Train
    Dreams will not be thwarted
    This Train
    Faith will be rewarded
    This Train
    Hear the steel wheels singin’
    This Train
    Bells of freedom ringin’
    This Train
    Carries broken-hearted
    This Train
    Thieves and sweet souls departed
    This Train
    Carries fools and kings
    This Train
    All aboard
    This Train
    Dreams will not be thwarted
    This Train
    Faith will be rewarded
    This Train
    Hear the steel wheels singin’
    This Train
    Bells of freedom ringin’
    Copyright © Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)

  3. LittleMissGadfly says:

    God, Bruce Springsteen. Another fat, old white guy.
    I’ll be there as long as he isn’t singing.
    It’s all about the candidates. We need someone fresh and honest.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Better songs:
    Cypress Hill: Rise Up
    Rage Against the Machine: Wake Up

  5. anon says:

    You list the time and location….is it today?? no date given..

  6. Anonymous says:

    It’s quite absurd to have Dick Riordan as a speaker, given that he’s the leader of the corrupt billionaire’s club that brought Austin Beutner to the forefront of the City organization. Riordan is spearheading the efforts to sell off the city’s assets for pennies on the dollar. He wanted to sell DWP in the late 1990s, early 2000s, but didn’t succeed. He now has the chance to put the final nails in the City’s coffin. Please don’t enable him. Riordan has less than zero interest in assisting the average citizens of the City of Los Angeles.

  7. Anonymous says:

    10:33 is right on the money with that one… And yes, pun intended. If there’s one issue everyone can and should coalesce around, it’s the out-of-control development being green lighted by City Hall. Riordan never saw a community-bulldozing mega-development he didn’t like. Our quality of life suffers while Riordan gets richer. He is the antithesis of what Clean Sweep should stand for…

  8. Lasero says:

    You guys need to find a way to get rid of the current board on DWP and get Unions to pay for their own retirement.
    The second most important thing to do is put in place appropriate interal accounting controls. No one is talking about the mismanagement of taxpayer assets at the City. More money is lost due to poor accounting at City Hall and its various departments.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Who is “you guys”. What part are you playing in cleaning up the system? There is no formalized organization. Show up tomorrow & later to be a player.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, I lost interest to LA Clean Sweep once I saw that Riordan was involved. He’s such a hypocritical pig, do you remember when he was the mayor, he went to France. This miilionaire was biking in France and telling the working peasants in LA that we should bike to work too. Plus wasn’t that Riordan who brought the crook Beutner to Villar?
    Ron, forget it — I’ll not vote for any of your candidates. And what’s with that laborers union organizer? Isn’t that a bunch of illegals who shouldn’t be here in the first place.
    Very disappointing indeed.

  11. Anonymous says:

    JAWS 1975
    “Quint: Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that’ll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin’ basis. But it’s not gonna be pleasant. I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I’ll find him for three, but I’ll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you’ve gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, there’s just too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing. “

  12. Mikey says:

    Good grief! Someone needs to find Ron Kaye a real job. He’s about as much as remedy for Los Angeles as BP is a defender of the environment. His slate of candidates is laughable. Tezozomoc, the whack case who ran the So Central Farm was exposed some time ago as a bully and a fraud. Walter Moore? You’ve got to be kidding. A total crank Mayoral candidate who resonates with about 10% of L.A.’s population. And Dick Riordan to kick things off? Where’s Dick been these last five years? What sort of glory did we experience when that Ultimate Insider was mayor? How can one keep a straight face and put forward Old Dick as the face of a New L.A.? ROFL
    Ron Kaye is just one more Angry White Man From the Valley. The day he can coherently articulate a vision for this city other than that the DWP and labor unions stink (which some might), I might start taking him seriously. But I doubt it.
    It might be fun to go his kick off meeting and see how much of the audience is made up of the old, decrepit, former Valley secession crowd. Ninety percent?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I support Ron 150% in his efforts. I may not support his candidates, his speakers BUT I give him a hell of a lot of credit for not being a whiner complainer like a lot of people in this city and Ron wants to make a change. Too many people sit on their asses and do nothing. They complain like old ladies but fail to help out and be the voice we need. I will be there to SUPPORT RON. Yeah, to the lame ass poster who wrote Ron is just a White Valley guy. YOU SHOULD BE THANKING THIS WHITE VALLEY GUY BECAUSE HE STOPPED MEASURE B BULLSHIT THAT WOULD HAVE COST THE CITY MILLIONS. He could easily retire and be a do nothing. But Ron like many of us, see we need to make a difference and today that starts. So shut the hell up or get your ass there.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Will Bruno be there?

  15. Bruno says:

    Will there be food?

  16. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of negative folks. At least Ron is trying. What have you ever done other than write snarky comments. Spare us your negative wit and continue to vote in the existing corrupt people.

  17. Anonymous says:

    “You guys need to find a way to get rid of the current board on DWP”
    That would involve changing the City Charter, which only the politicians can do. Oh wait, who modified the charter in the first place and thought it was a good idea to give the mayor sole power to hire and fire the DWP board as well as every GM position in the city? Richard Riordan, give him a hand
    “YOU SHOULD BE THANKING THIS WHITE VALLEY GUY BECAUSE HE STOPPED MEASURE B BULLSHIT THAT WOULD HAVE COST THE CITY MILLIONS.”
    Yes I would like to thank Ron for stopping the city from installing solar panels on its own property. Now in order to meet the State Renewable Energy Portfolio and Greenhouse Gas Initiatives and not be fined, the politicians have to find a replacement source of green energy by 2020. Coupled with the poor economy, the city’s debt, lost commercial revenue due to fleeing businesses, and the insistence of people like Ron and Patsouras that proprietary revenue should be transferred to the General Fund instead of used on capital expenditures, you ratepayers will be getting fined up the ass in the near future.

  18. Hollywoodian says:

    Here is an interesting dilemma – I do want to get the incumbents out and send a warning signal to those in the odd number districts. But as a District 4 voter, I am enthusiastically backing Stephen Box.
    What if the clean sweep committee backs someone else like Jack Humphreville or Tomas O’Grady (if either of them decide to run)?
    I don’t want to contribute to an organization who is backing a candidate who is running against Mr. Box.

  19. Get Real says:

    To Anonymous on July 17, 2010 2:23 PM:
    Your point about Measure B really misses the big picture and also fails to mention the phony process used to get it on the ballot. Garcetti and the Mayor teamed up on Measure B and on the DWP rate increase with Garcetti’s “Special 1″ in April 2010.
    As another author pointed, DWP could include its Nuclear energy purchases from Palo Verde Generating Station as part of its green portfolio and not put any burden on its ratepayers through unreliable wind and solar power.
    But because our egotistical and selfish Mayor and City Councilmembers want to call themselves green when they run for other offices, we are stuck with poor business decisions which threaten the future financial viability of the City, its residents and continuing losses of businesses and jobs.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Walter Moore? Seriously?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Kaye, Did anyone video record yesterday’s courageous meeting? Where can I view it?
    Thank you…Again!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Ron and the LA Clean Sweep group. I attended and was beyond impressed with over 200 people showing up in the heat. 7:40 pm I’m not supporting Stephen Box and would love to see Jack run. However, LA Clean Sweep is a movement to get community members engaged. To get your voice out against the politicians who have ruined our city. The funniest quote so far in LA Slimes is dumb ass Mike Trujillo who failed to get Janice Hahn elected to Lt. Gov. and also worked on HIllary Clinton’s failed Prez campaign is quoted as saying Ron Kaye doesn’t want Latinos to get elected cause Walter Moore spoke and he’s against illegals. I laughed so hard at that. Latinos citywide support Arizona’s SB1070 but media doesn’t want to report taht. The fact is the Latino politicians have done more damage to their own people in their districts. We want QUALIFIED, INTELLIGENT candidates no matter what color. If Mike Trujillo is already bringing out the race card, I can hardly wait to nail his sorry ass when he starts campaigning for yet another loser.

  23. Bad Start says:

    Two problems with the kick-off were Walter Moore and Dick Riordan (with the emphasis on “Dick”):
    Walter Moore, while smart with many good points clearly came off as a racist with his comment about Watts and using y’all and a Southern accent was disrespectful toward African Americans which adds to his well known attitude toward Latinos. Even Michael Higby (Mayor Sam) gets it.
    Mayor Villaraigosa is following the Dick Riordan playbook by bringing in Billionaires to sell off the City assets on the cheap to their Billionaire friends.
    Riordan tried to sell off DWP Power Plants by was slowed down by the City Charter and other pesky legal rules. Then the California power crisis hit in 2001 and LA was looking pretty with its surplus of energy.

  24. Anonymous says:

    To July 18, 2010 7:12 AM:
    Mike Trujillo also worked for Measure B which lost to the underspent opposition which included many now involved in Clean Sweep.

  25. Anonymous says:

    7:29am Wake Up!!!! There are many Latinos who are against illegals and who support Arizona’s SB 1070 and others who arse white, black, asian etc. Are we racist? We’re not racist, we are tax payers tired of footing the bill for illegals who blatantly break our laws and refuse to assimilate and learn to speak English. Walter did not sound racist at all. You obviously have never heard him speak before in front of a mixed crowd including Latinos and receive overhwelming applause.

  26. CleanThisUP says:

    Ron Kaye said, “Former Mayor Richard Riordan, the only prominent civic leader who has come out in public and called for major policy reforms to avert municipal bankruptcy”
    Richard Riodan made it possible for LAFD and LAPD retirees to receive 90% of their salary each year, up from 70%. That contributed to the growing pension burden.
    On Riordan: In one of the last acts of his administration, Riordan campaigned for a ballot measure that made it possible for police officers and firefighters to receive 90% of their salaries each year once they retire, up from 70%.
    Today Riordan recommends: The city needs to eliminate $300 million in retiree health benefits. In his writings and remarks, he has argued that public pensions should be replaced with a 401(k) plan for new employees. He also said eligibility for retirement should be hiked to age 65; it currently varies by job classification. City Employees from all department make more in retirement than a Senior Master Sergent in the US Military.
    Riodan is feeling guilty for billions and billions of debt he place on the city. Surely peopel say I want my firefighters and Police Officers to earn this but they never think about the long term cost; which is the nexus to all the Cities $$ problems.
    Solution:
    Get it repealed through voter campaign
    Reduce retirement to 50%

  27. LittleMissGadfly says:

    Actually, I shouldn’t think Billy-Goat Box will be running under the Clean Sweep banner when he has the full support of the Celebrity Center. Think of it. Thousands of shiny Scientologists going door-to-door… Offering free IQ tests and auditing. Heck, Travolta and Cruise might even turn out to endorse him.
    I’m not saying a person’s faith should discount him from seeking public office (Mitt Romney anyone?). What I am saying is that if Box is a Scientologist (as that other crazy the Jabberwock claims) there should be full disclosure from him. How much has he spent moving up through the levels of the science fiction quasi-religion? Was he involved in the Scientology campaign supporting Prop 8?
    His religion speaks to his character and his grasp on reality.
    So does the facial hair and the beret.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Did Riordan fess up yesterday? Does he agree that pensions need to be cut and that the even numbered Councilmembers ought to be swept from office?
    I am wary of him. Villaraigosa has a history of sending his little whores to be a mole in the organization of opponents. Is Riordan sent by the Villaraigosa machine because they fear Ron and the Clean Sweep folks? Maybe.

  29. Anonymous says:

    King Lear….lend me your ear..

  30. Anonymous says:

    “Your point about Measure B really misses the big picture and also fails to mention the phony process used to get it on the ballot. Garcetti and the Mayor teamed up on Measure B and on the DWP rate increase with Garcetti’s “Special 1″ in April 2010.”
    The bigger picture, and driving force behind these projects, has always been State and Federal mandates which penalize utilities for non-compliance. Regardless of who in local government trying to benefit from hidden agendas, some project of that magnitude still has to get done to meet the State RPS. Thinking that killing a measure is a victory because Villa, Garcetti, or D’Arcy didn’t get what they wanted is myopic. These are huge infrastructure projects that take years to complete, no alternative project is in the pipeline, and ratepayers can be penalized up to 5 cents/KWH in 2020 if State goals are not achieved.
    “As another author pointed, DWP could include its Nuclear energy purchases from Palo Verde Generating Station as part of its green portfolio and not put any burden on its ratepayers through unreliable wind and solar power.”
    No they can’t. The California RPS does not count nuclear as a renewable energy source.

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