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LA Times backs Garcetti. Seen loads of Gruel posters. So....
a) Who's you guy/gal?
b) Who will win?
He's the candidate with the most potential to rise to the occasion and lead Los Angeles out of its current malaise and into a more sustainable and confident future.
“Close tax loopholes that allow some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share,” Reagan vowed.
I first met Garcetti back in 2004 when I was working for PATH. I said back then that I he would be the Mayor of Los Angeles one day. 2013 looks to be that day.
Sat next to Garcetti, Sr. During an AWFUL production of "Fiorello" starring Tony Danza at fUCLA. Great guy, he was cracking jokes the whole time about how lame the production was. If his son is as theatrically savvy, I'd give him my vote! Alas, I live in Phoenix.
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I think I am leaning towards Garcetti over Gruel. I think he was fair in dealing with the unions.
Interesting article from USC's own Neon Tommy
Gruel is the only one of the group with even the slightest ability to work within and cut the budget.
The city is in for a rough road if anyone but Gruel is elected.
Then again, you guys think we can deficit spend ourselves out of this problem.
Who on this board believes that cities should deficit spend? Perhaps there are some, but I have not seen it expressed.
Garcetti's time spent as a City Council President shows that he has the ability to work within and cut the budget. There is a reason some of the unions in the area have not been enthusiastic in their support of Garcetti.
Well, if the Times recommends Garcetti, I'm voting for someone else.
You still registered down here?
Actually, no. Force of habit.
Actually it looks like they will blow a bigger whole in the deficit by cutting taxes. See this bit from the link I posted:
"Candidate Eric Garcetti currently supports eliminating the city’s gross receipts tax. In a questionnaire conducted by the Los Angeles Times, Garcetti said, “the city’s gross receipts tax puts the city of L.A. at a competitive disadvantage.”
Like Garcetti, candidates Wendy Greuel, Emanuel Pleitez and Kevin James have publicly supported eliminating the gross receipts tax in the same questionnaire.
Greuel said, “Through the elimination of the business tax, the city will see more job creation and economic development.”
Pleitez and James have said similar things, with Pleitez saying, “it overburdens companies, especially small and medium-sized businesses, and makes it difficult for them to invest and hire in Los Angeles," and James stating that “it is necessary to eliminate the city’s ‘gross receipts’ method of calculating the business tax in order to spur business activity.”
Councilwoman Jan Perry is opposed to cutting the gross receipts tax.
“The Gross Receipt Tax, Property Tax and Sales Tax are the three top sources of revenue for the city. Eliminating the Gross Receipts Tax would add $400 million more to our already strained budget deficit,” said Perry in the same L.A. Times' questionnaire.
Perry has articulated a point that her other candidates have failed to bring up. Although her opponents contend that removing the gross receipts tax would be beneficial to business, Perry finds that no solution has been suggested to make up the lost revenue from cutting the tax.
L.A. county supervisor and former mayoral prospective candidate Zev Yaroslavsky has likewise expressed a concern over eliminating the city’s gross receipts tax. According to Yaroslavsky, the tax cut would only increase the city’s $220 million dollar deficit."
Some commentary on Garcetti.
An L.A. Times story on mayoral candidate and Silver Lake resident Eric Garcetti raises questions on whether Garcetti, who currently serves as councilman of the 13th District, stands by his promises and decision making. The story includes two examples from
Interesting. Trojans for Gruel by far the best organized on campus. I am still going back and forth.
Someone I know on the Gruel campaign is sending out this pretty hard
The candidate has been endorsed by the Sierra Club for his 'green' agenda but hasn't mentioned his family's lease interest in a potential Venoco project.
What a joke. The people in Beverly Hills lost their minds over a completely underground subway proposal, what makes anyone think an oil-drilling project there has a chance in hell of going through?
I know, right? But I did get sent this directly from someone working on the Gruel campaign.
The commercials started, crappppppp
I did find the one about Garcetti being a Rhodes scholar, loving Tommy's and being from the Valley a plus.
Interestingly, Beverly Hills used to be filled with little more than oil derricks many years ago. Not as long ago, Beverly Hills High School had an oil derrick in the school yard.
As I understand it, the city has banned any rigs, including the existing ones that pay royalties to the city and residents, past 2016.
The one on the BHHS campus is still there.
I used to play in a pick up Basketball game there every Saturday and it is right next to the outdoor hoops courts.
I am happy that I am not in LA and can avoid the overwhelming load of BS that will be in those ads.
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