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Los Angeles County, CA March 3, 2015 Election
Smart Voter

Steve Veres
Answers Questions

Candidate for
Council Member; City of Los Angeles; District 4


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. What do you think is the single most important issue facing the City of Los Angeles today? As Council Member, what would you do to deal with it?

The single most important issue that the City of Los Angeles faces today is the much needed reformation of the LADWP. With water mains erupting and closing down some of the busiest streets in the city and consumers waiting record breaking times for customer service reveals the inefficiency of the department. In order to eliminate such issues, I would start proactively fixing our city's infrastructure issue. The current water mains in use are over a century old and have been in dire need of updating. I would also strengthen the structure of oversight to prevent Angelenos having to wait for such unnecessary extended periods of time on the phone for a representative.

2. The City Administrative Officer has estimated a $300 million budget shortfall for 2015-2016. What steps do you propose to deal with this problem and how much do you estimate each step would reduce the shortfall?

As an elected Trustee of the Los Angeles Community College Board, I oversaw the allocation and spending of $82.94 million dollars. I made sure that there was transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility in every level of decision making. I plan to bring this experience into the City Council, to make sure that overspending and irresponsible fiscal decisions are not made again.

3. What is the single most important issue facing your Council District today, and how would you deal with it?

a. I bring forth not only my strong grasp on public policy but refreshing energy and willingness to create a fully functioning, reliable and responsible leadership, which has not been exhibited in City Hall in the last couple of years. In order to get things done, I will take initiative, starting with public safety. In Council District 4, there is an ongoing unfortunate trend of property and violent crime. To prevent and halt these crimes I would like to get more officers and improve LAFD response time. The enhancement efforts of both the Fire and Police will result in a more efficient and effective response time, which would halt and even prevent such crimes.

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