I think it’s incredible that our council persons make over $170,000 dollars per year, plus benefits, plus a load of perks, plus a staff of 20. Their salary alone is more than that of a United States Senator. The median income in CD-4 is less than $34,000 dollars. And we wonder why they don’t get it. They recently took a 10% pay cut. That’s an insult. That salary needs to be halved. If elected, I will halve that salary immediately. $85,000 is plenty for a public servant.
Servant: a person in the service of another!
I am having a hard time using the word servant to describe a politician who makes as a much as a judge. read more about my views and solutions to the fiscal problem …..
Less talk and more action. Anyone can promise anything. I have delivered on my promises and I have done so on a shoestring.
38. That is how many students Annemarie Ralph, a science teacher at TS King Middle School in Los Feliz, had in her class at one time last year. I volunteer teach a sustainability class there and I can’t even manage 20 students, let alone 38. That is simply not good enough. And yet there are simple solutions.
My wife Justine and I have three children at Franklin Elementary in Los Feliz.
Despite constant cuts, the Franklin family of teachers, parents, and administrators have managed to bring the school from a 756 API a few years ago to one of 889 last year. How did we do it? We worked together. No photo ops, just plain old boring work. An example? Class sizes were too big. We did fundraising to pay for teaching assistants. Council people could easily cut into their largesse and pay for a bunch more teaching assistants to offset large class sizes. It’s an inexpensive way to help our overwhelmed public school teachers get the job done. And it can be done today. If you are seeing possibilities and are hopeful thus far with my rhetoric? then do not read this article about the size and waste of your council person’s office, their salary, their cars, and city hall. It will depress you.
I am the founder of the new Friends of Thomas Starr King Middle School. Public schools can and should be great for everyone. A good public school creates great young citizens, who create a great community. If our council people actually sent their children to our public schools, then maybe they would get it. I get a report every evening at the dinner table about the state of our public schools. My daughter Eireann is at King. I get it.
I’m careful with money. I came from Ireland with a few dollars in my pocket and I worked hard to achieve the American dream. America has been very good to me and my family, and that’s why we choose to give back. I actually take the whole “public servant” thing literally. We don’t run our household on a deficit. We know how to save for a rainy day. We live sustainably so as to protect the planet for the next generation. And we know what value for our public dollars is all about. A street tree planted? That’s useful shade that will save energy and encourage walking and cycling. An annual calendar from our council person? Useless. No doubt, it’s a nice tradition. However, there are many nice public traditions in this city that have fallen by the wayside that frankly are more important to me. Clean parks, clean and cheerful public schools, open and transparent government, 7-day a week libraries (remember them?), smooth, step-by-step permitting and on and on.
You would be amazed how much the neighborhood councils have accomplished with our tiny $50,000 per year budget. We need to transfer more power to the neighborhood councils. We need to help them become more streamlined and thus more effective. Frankly they seem to be more thoughtful and honest in their decision making than the City Council.
We need to get money out of elections. This election ought to be not about who can raise the most money but who is the most down to earth. Who gets it?
You see, I’m not a politician and never will be. I’m not even a community organizer.
I do things! Others tweet and tell others how to live. I lead by example. I have credibility. I walk the walk.
I have had success getting thing’s done because people find it hard to say no to someone who has his heart in the right place.
I am determined that all of us live in neighborhoods that are safe, healthy, honest, well educated, and sustainable……and I have a track record in delivery.
It’ s not that the incumbent is a bad guy or that his work on saving the
Hollywood Sign or knowing every street in Los Angeles, or his sister cities
thing is not to be admired.
We are heading into a storm, whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not. The City and L.A.U.S.D combined will be in the red next year at a little over a billion dollars. This incumbent and his cronies have run our city into the ground. He has thrown money around as if it were water.
I get it, it’s popular to blame China, India, Illegal aliens, the republicans, the mayor, the Governor, the President, the school district, and the teachers of course. It’s always someone else.
No. This Los Angeles problem has been caused by Los Angeles. We can fix it together. We need less personality and more substance. Less talk and more action
My name is Tomas O’ Grady. I keep my word.