We need new leadership and new ideas to move Los Angeles forward. As the only candidate born and raised in the district, I understand the opportunities and challenges ahead of us. This community has done so much for me and I want to make sure that the American Dream my family immigrated to this country for remains viable.
My top three issues are:
- Creating middle class jobs
We need a City Hall that promotes middle-class jobs, takes advantage of our vast resources, and preserves key industries.
Because of intense competition with neighboring cities and states, we need to review our laws to make sure that we are positioned to attract new businesses. This includes streamlining how many government agencies small business owners interact with.
If elected, I will work to eliminate the gross receipts tax. This tax hurts small business owners by taxing all incoming receipts, regardless of whether a business has made a profit. I will also seek to provide a five-year tax holiday for new businesses, so that entrepreneurs open shop in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has one of the world’s largest and busiest ports. I will work with businesses to identify new export opportunities and develop relationships in international markets. As an international city, City Hall needs to help our businesses take advantage of the global market.
Though it is the backbone of our economy, the entertainment industry is bleeding jobs and City Hall is not doing enough to support this critical sector. Through my relationships and experience, I will promote the industry and support new areas of growth, such as the incubators of new music and entertainment that are emerging in Silver Lake and Echo Park.
For more information, please read my Jobs Plan here.
- Maintaining safe neighborhoods
Growing up in Council District 13, I am well aware of the many ways that our young people can go astray. It is important that the City Council work with LAPD to maintain safe streets for our families. This means getting tough on gang crime, increasing cooperation with communities to stop criminal activity, and making sure law enforcement is sufficiently funded and supported by City Hall.
- Providing efficient city services
Los Angeles faces financial difficulties that have resulted in severe budget cuts. We must maintain the quality and integrity of city services. From improving city streets and infrastructure and adding parks and green space, to supporting public safety and making fire response times are quicker, strategic investments are necessary to maintain Los Angeles as a world class city. This will involve exploring new sources of revenue as well as cutting down on wasteful spending. Every dollar spent must be utilized in the most efficient way possible - especially in dense districts like Council District 13, where aging public infrastructure threatens the well-being of businesses and residents.