City Hall will stop at nothing to protect and preserve a political system of privileged insiders that has failed the city’s four million residents and its business community.
Nearly three years into a financial crisis caused by years of over-spending, the city’s leadership has proven itself incapable of confronting the budget crisis that gets worse year after year.
Their efforts to win concessions from unions to reduce payroll and benefit costs that account for 80 percent of the $4.3 billion general fund budget have been feeble so they have resorted to one-time solutions like furloughs, transfer of workers to special funds and the DWP, asset sales and various tricks to cook the books.
And now a feeding frenzy is on at City Hall among developers, contractors and unions as if there were no tomorrow — which might well be the case as bankruptcy looms as the only way out when they run out of case sometimes in the next 15 months.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Two weeks from today, on March 8, we the people have the power to elect seven members of the City Council who are honest, independent and committed to fiscal responsibility and community empowerment — the tenets of the LA Clean Sweep movement.
In this election, every vote truly counts. Every vote that is cast for change will send City Hall the message that we are beyond being mad as hell, that we are ready to do something about it..
Some of these races including Stephen Box in CD4 and Rudy Martinez in CD14 are certain to be close.
And even in races where grassroots candidates are long shots, your vote will show that the turnout — normally only 7 to 13 percent of registered voters in off-year elections — is swelling and voters are paying attention.
The campaigns are gearing up their phone banking and precinct walking efforts and need volunteers to reach more voters.
For instance, Stephen Box’s campaign needs more volunteers to work 4-hour shifts
from 1 PM to 8PM on weekdays and 11 AM – 8 PM in the Mid-City area — Park La Brea, Miracle Mile, Sycamore Square, Hancock Park and Larchmont. .
Contact George Rheault, Mid-City coordinator, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (323) 571-2150 (h), (917) 603-0879 (m) if you want to help elect Stephen Box, a candidate who will serve the public interest to replace Tom LaBonge, a servant of special interests.
Here’s how to get involved directly in the campaigns of candidates endorsed by LA Clean Sweep:
Contact the Stephen Box about volunteering or donation by visiting his website at http://stephenbox.com/
Contact David Barron’s campaign at 818 974 5054 for more information or visit his website http://barron4cc.com/site/
Contact Rich Goodman’s campaign at http://www.richgoodman.com/
JAMES “JAMIE” CORDARO
Contact Cordaro’s campaign at http://www.lacd6.com/
Help in precinct walking and phone banking, learn more at his website at http://www.bernardparks2011.com/home/
Contact Austin Dragon’s campaign at 310-439-5024 or visit his website at http://www.austindragon.com/
Visit Kelly Lord’s website for more information at http://lord4cd12.com/index.html
Visit Brad Smith’s website http://smithforcouncil.org/
Go to Rudy Martinez’scampaign
headquarters at 4555 Eagle Rock Blvd. Visit his website http://www.rudy2011.org/