Below is an excerpt from a larger piece written by Emanuel Pleitez. For original piece and all debate answers, visit http://bit.ly/DebateAnswers.
“As a mayoral candidate in Los Angeles, I believe the future of this city depends on its leadership’s ability to explore multiple points of a view. Creativity and cooperation will allow us to make the best decision.
Let’s get started.
Question 1: What will you do to prevent gun violence and ensure the safety of LA’s kids in schools?
The Connecticut touched us all deeply. It’s terribly sad that we wait for events like these to talk about school safety and gun control. And it’s terribly sad that horrible events like these in the past have not resulted in the changes we need to ensure that such violence never happens again. The safety of our children should always and everyday be a priority. I grew up in one of this city’s many rough neighborhoods. I had many friends growing up with problems they thought they couldn’t deal with. And for many of them, dropping out of school, joining a gang, and protecting their neighborhood seemed like the best option. We need to let our young people know that there are people out there that care for them. We need to provide families with the support they need in times of trouble. And we need to increase access to counseling and other mental health services. When I’m Mayor, one of my first orders of business will be to turn every school into a true community center that provides “wraparound” services—counseling, health care, and support—to families in need.
I also with Controller Greuel and Mayor Bloomberg of New York in calling for legislation that aims at keeping illegal guns out of dangerous hands such as criminals, drug abusers, and the seriously mentally ill. The US has the most guns, and the most gun violence, per capita of any developed country. We need common sense measures that will close gaps in our gun laws and make sure law enforcement agencies have the tools they need to detect and deter gun trafficking. We must do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of our children. And, we need to act now.
Question 1: What experience do you have on environmental issues?
While managing the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, I helped deliver the recommendation to President Obama for a national initiative to retrofit America’s homes for energy efficiency – Home Star. The initiative provided performance-based incentives for homeowners and industry, consumer financing opportunities, and standards and quality training. Not only does this make our homes more energy efficient, it also puts people to work.
We don’t need to wait for an energy system redesign. The technology and workforce is available – let’s use it. As Mayor, I will implement a local home retrofitting program and other clean technologies citywide. By doing this, we’ll be making residents more conscious of environmental issues, why they’re so important, and how they can reduce pollution and their carbon footprint.”
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