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.
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..