Los Angeles has historically been a city favoring the politically connected — in terms of contracts, health care, development deals, and more recently, Lakers tickets as seen below.
We have a population of around 4,000,000 with about 1,600,000 registered voters in Los Angeles. Citywide positions are often elected with less than 300,000 total votes. It isn’t the terrorists keeping us from voting; maybe it’s because our politicians belong in a Mel Brooks movie.
There are 18 elected officials in Los Angeles City [Mayor, City Controller, City Attorney, and 15 Councilman representing their respective Council Districts].
I have recently started following local politics and have realized it is worth my attention because a few votes really can have an impact. 10 out of the 15 City Councilmen were elected with less than 10,000 votes.
It’s not the poll tax that is keeping us from voting, but it might be the amount of time it takes to get informed. Sometimes I feel like the federal, state, county and city bureaucracies are making it difficult on purpose.
City Council meetings are held every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. in City Hall. How are working people supposed to make it to those meetings?
My goal is to make it easy and simple. I wait on the city’s 311 line for 30 minutes to ask questions so you don’t have to. I go to City Hall and raise my voice at the podium because clicking “Like” on Facebook isn’t enough.
Our 18 elected officials control more than $10,000,000,000. Some of that money is used effectively.
Let’s earn the government we want by voting. Make sure you are registered to vote.