Walter Moore’s Platform - Summary (Los Angeles, Long Beach: apartment complexes, city hall, rent)
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1. Illegal Immigration. Revoke Special Order 40. immediately and in its entirety. Cooperate fully with ICE. Ensure City, as an employer, obeys laws prohibiting employment of illegal aliens.
2. Traffic. “Portable” Prop 13. Make Proposition 13 “portable” for all homeowners who want to sell one home to buy another home within one mile of their job.
“Instant” Mixed-Use. Let people who own commercial and retail buildings convert upper floors to residential for tenants who work within a mile of the buildings.
Repeal Rent Control. Rent control -- which is unfair and leads to run-down neighborhoods -- aggravates gridlock two ways. First, the people who live in rent-controlled units have a huge, government-created financial incentive to drive to a distant job rather than to move closer to work. Second, people who work near rent-controlled units can’t rent those units, because the current tenants have a government-created financial incentive to stay put.
Convert Parking Lanes. Turning parking lanes into regular lanes, and encourage construction of replacement parking structures along those routes.
Bus Rapid Transit. Establish “bus only” lanes along key routes, and buy enough buses to make mass transit an attractive alternative to cars.
Two-Wheel Lanes. Adopt “two-wheel only” lanes for motorcycles, scooters, bicycles and Segways.
Reversible Lanes And One-Way Streets. Have City traffic engineers identify streets where these measures can speed the flow of traffic.
3. Taxes. Make hiring more police the No new taxes or bonds. Repeal L.A.’s business income tax. Stop imposing hidden, illegal taxes through excessive DWP and trash fees. End “welfare for the rich:” no more subsidies for developers, hotel owners or anyone else but the poor. Institute taxpayer rebates: the City should spend only what is necessary, and return the balance to taxpayers.
4. Crime. Make hiring more police the No. 1 budget priority, so we have a total of 12,500 LAPD officers, as Chief Bratton recommends. Prosecute every valid case the police bring to prosecutors, not just the ones they find interesting or politically correct. Fight for the public’s right to control the streets, including fighting the A.C.L.U. in court. Make sure criminals serve 100% of their sentences, not 10%. Stop wasting money on “anti-gang programs.”
5. Population Density. Stop increasing the population density of L.A. Create, subject to budget constraints and over the course of time, “pocket parks” in every neighborhood.
6. Historic Architecture. Enforce the City’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ’s) laws.
7. Code Enforcement. Enforce the building codes and other codes. Stop letting people turn single-family dwellings into mini-apartment complexes. Stop illegal street vendors.
8. Pets. Make the shelters no-kill immediately. Mandatory and free spaying and neutering. Make landlords accept pets, but don’t make landlords liable for those pets. Establish a dog beach.
9. Neighborhood Councils. If a majority of the Neighborhood Councils in a City Council District want the City Council to vote on a measure, then the City Council should vote on it.
10. Photo-Ops And Trips. Stop wasting precious Mayoral time and taxpayer money on idiotic photo-ops and trips. Eliminate Mayor’s $200,000 per year travel budget. Spend time working, not posing.
11. End Soviet-Style Economics. City Hall must not regulate prices or wages. Nor should citizens have to jump through endless hoops to open a business or erect a building.
12. Energy And The Environment. Reduce traffic, as set forth above. Consider nuclear power. Install solar cells on City buildings. Increase recycling. Encourage re-usable grocery bags.
13. Election Reforms. Consolidate City elections with other elections in November. Adopt “instant run-off” ballots rather than having two elections. Require voters to show identification.
14. The Valley. The Mayor should work two days each week in the Valley so constituents can reach him more easily, and the Valley must receive its fair share of any City expenditures.
15. Education. Support efforts to let parents “opt out” of the LAUSD through vouchers to pay for private school tuition. Give all parents the freedom of educational choice the rich have.
16. Streets And Sidewalks. Maintain the streets, sidewalks and tree lawns. No more city-wide “deferred maintenance” (i.e., neglect).
17. Allow Private Permitting And Building Inspections
Develop a program to let licensed, bonded private companies perform plan checks, issue permits and conduct building inspections. Australia has already adopted such a system.
Everything except # 8., which is enough to cancel my vote despite agreement with all the other proposals (excepting Sandyco's rent control too), and, frankly, enough to tip the scales to uproot me from Los Angeles as much as its other problems.
To quote animal welfare advocate Nathan Winograd (a success in actually saving animals as opposed to punishing pet owners) regarding the draconian AB1634, which incidentally is forcing every serious, responsible dog person and rescue organization out of Los Angeles:
As seen time and time again, mandatory and punitive laws are largely a distraction, increasing the power of animal control to impound and kill yet more animals, targeting the wrong people, and diverting resources from programs that do work so that agencies can hire yet more officers to write yet more tickets, to no avail. I have also shown that the most successful communities in the nation with the highest percentage of animals going home alive have no mandatory cat licensing or mandatory (dog)spay/neuter laws.
Time and time again, studies show that people who do not spay/neuter belong to those at the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. And that the vast majority would spay/neuter if it was free. By increasing the numbers of animals who would be in violation of a new law, or by failing to write “no impound” and “free” or “subsidized” spay/neuter into the law, the number of animals in violation and subject to citation and/or impound, increases. And because shelters are making no effort to put in place the infrastructure to save those lives once they enter, the end result is that the animals are killed.
Moore is a very nice guy but realistically speaking he is far too right wing to win any election in coastal California.
Aspects of #4 are beyond the control of an LA mayor. Those affect county responsibilities, not city responsibilities. Perhaps he'd be better off running for Board of Supervisors rather than Mayor?
#3- I'd agree with having a larger police force, but there's no way that can be done WITHOUT higher taxes. Promising no new taxes is fiscally irresponsible. Unlike the federal government, the city of LA can't print money to avoid taxes. (Unless Moore advocates that LA secede from the USA, which is not only highly unlikely but is beyond the scope of any L.A. mayor).
IMO Prop 13 should be REPEALED not made portable. It unfairly disadvantages the young who are looking for new residences. For the same reason I have mixed feelings about rent control. However, preserving pre-1978 buildings would keep rent control benefiting the people it currently benefits.
Re: population density, that should wait until LA has a better public transport system and should be confined to certain areas. I'd encourage the conversion of R-1 zones to R-2 or R-3 zones in order to resurrect the "bungalow court", my favorite form of LA dwelling, unique to LA, but of which none seem to have been built since the early 1950s. Re: enforcing R-1 zones, many homeowners in said zones make illegal conversions already, and not just in poorer neighborhoods - I'd make it possible to legalize said conversions if they meet building codes. I'd be up for instant mixed use.
#15 I'm in firm support of. That would be one way of improving education in L.A.
(I've been planning to do a post on how to improve L.A.'s educational options, and that's one of the options I had in mind.) However it would only work with a standardized curriculum, so we wouldn't have South Asian style madrassas, Scientology schools, NOI and KKK schools, etc. popping up.
#6 is fine with me.
#11- firmly opposed to. Much of LA's problems are due to incomes NOT keeping pace with inflation.
Most of the other topics I have no opinion on. Many of them would be beyond the power of any LA mayor. He'd have more of a chance running for Supervisor, especially because his local supervisor Burke is retiring.
Number 15: Additional adjustments: Eliminate government education (aka public schools)
All private schools.
OK, I was planning on thinking of possibilities to improve public education in LA as a separate thread, but it looks like I'll do it in this thread.
I do support vouchers under certain conditions (standardized curriculum - nothing like the Open Court system which deprives teachers of freedom, but making sure certain subjects are taught and covered.) Another alternative - eliminate the comprehensive high school entirely, and make ALL public schools into charters and magnets. Bloomberg after taking control of NY's public schools has began phasing out the comprehensives and the result is that NYC has the most improved urban school system in the country. I have mixed feelings about Bloomberg but this is an unqualified success for him. (He has also abolished the neighborhood school ; every kid in NYC must apply to whatever school they're going to. Note for all those Long Beach types: Long Beach came in right behind NYC for the most improved urban school system.)
Free market efficiency.
A concept I'm skeptical of. Think Enron. My support of vouchers comes from the utter failure of the status quo, not any belief in free markets being inherently efficient. Free markets have been very INEFFICIENT when it comes to health care.
No politics in education.
There would have to be rules and regulations, would anyone want madrassas to pop up all over the place (other than the Saudis)?
No more diversity problems.
Having private schools organized along ethnic lines would cause a whole new set of problems. It would encourage extremism and further racism. There would have to be a common curriculum of some type.
No more busing problems.
Inefficient multi tiered bureaucracy eliminated. (LAUSD)
Major savings: Significantly less dollars per student per year.
This part is true, nobody would have to be bused far from their homes unless they were going to specialized schools, which there need to be more of.
Property tax rates fall like a led zeppelin.
Low property taxes in California are part of the problem. If there wasn't any Prop 13, L.A. would be a substantially better place today. Note that Colorado's schools also went to crap after the property tax cuts there.
Baca's Sheriffs Department already cooperates with ICE. I'm not opposed to this but remember that the size of ICE's entire force of interior agents is not much larger than the LAPD and their jurisdiction is the entire country.
I can't take seriously those who want the illegal immigration crisis solved (as most should) but don't want to fork over the tax dollars to pay for it.
"(He has also abolished the neighborhood school ; every kid in NYC must apply to whatever school they're going to. Note for all those Long Beach types: Long Beach came in right behind NYC for the most improved urban school system.)"
NYC still has neighborhood elementary and middle schools, but after grade 8 (or in some areas grade 9) people have to apply to high school.
There are still "comprehensive" high schools, but they do not automatically take everyone in a certain zone; they accept and reject students.
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