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Los Angeles County, CA March 5, 2013 Election
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A Balanced Budget

By Jesse "David" Barron

Candidate for Council Member; City of Los Angeles; District 7

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Repealing the City's business tax, and cutting or reducing funding to non-core services.
Follow up on former Controller Laura Chick's complaints regarding all the audits that her department completed. She found a lot of discrepancies and over-spending by the city and her audits were never acted on.
Repeal the City's business tax which has driven employers out of town. This will increase our tax base with additional tax revenue.
Continue streamlining and decrease the time it takes to go through the permit process at Building and Safety which can take up to two years. That will enable us to advertise LA as a business-friendly city and employers will return.

The abolishment of the Community Redevelopment Agency, which was handing out close to three quarters of a billion tax dollars as welfare to wealthy developers and special interest organizations, was a good start in mitigating our fiscal crises. However, now the City of Los Angeles has created its own LA/CRA which we need to abolish it before it also to hands out hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to their politically connected allies , instead of being used for core services and improving local neighborhoods.
Also, the mayor's unregulated, non-transparent "anti-gang" program, which receives untold tens of millions of tax dollars that has not been accounted for, should be abolished. Some of those programs are run out of city properties that could generate an income.. Some "anti-gang" contractors pay only $1 dollar a year rent to occupy city facilities that could be rented out at fair market value.

I would do all I can to prevent departments from purchasing unneccessary new fleets of vehicles for the sake of just spending their entire budget. The City Controller has failed to address this issue properly. The city's growing employee pension bubble must be addressed to prevent the city from drastically reducing services and eventually declaring bankruptcy and layoffs. One solution is to go from a defined pension plan, to a defined contribution plan. That's where the city employee shares the cost of the pension plan instead of burdening the taxpayer with the entire cost. If the same City spending policies continue with the same incumbents, retirement age could go past 70 years of age.

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