Emanuel Pleitez on Bipartisanship Initiative, “No Labels”

Emanuel Pleitez, candidate running for Mayor of Los Angeles, is a Citizen Leader and Latino Chairman for No Labels, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to bridging the partisan divide to get politics working. No Labels, which started in December 2010 following the contentious and hyper-partisan Midterm Elections, is dedicated to the simple idea that government should spend less time fighting and more time fixing. As Emanuel states in the video endorsement below, “We need to stop the bickering from the Right and Left, but do what we can to come up with solutions to move our country forward.”

Pleitez initially was attracted to No Labels for its theme of problem solving after seeing the political parties shift to the extremes in 2010. Since getting involved, Pleitez has seen the organization find a channel for progress and build bipartisan relationships through a 12-member Problem Solvers Caucus in Congress. They also have 12 proposed steps to Make Congress Work, including ideas like mandatory mixed partisan seating assignments in Congress, withholding pay for members of Congress until after they reach budgetary agreement, extending the workweek for Congress members from three to five days a week, and ending gridlock through filibuster and the nomination confirmation process reform.

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Blog written by staff from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign. Emanuel Pleitez is a candidate running for Mayor of Los Angeles in the March 2013 elections. A progressive Los Angeles native, he’s committed to uniting, serving, and inspiring his community. Son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, and experienced in the private and public sector, he hopes to re-energize Los Angeles with a grassroots campaign the likes of which the city has never seen before.

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#TeamPleitez Responds to Wendy Greuel’s TV Ad Commerical, “All of L.A.”

“Every part of LA deserves a better city government.” -Wendy Greuel, City Controller and candidate for Mayor, TV ad “All of L.A.”

While the opening statement in the advertisement is true, due to Wendy’s deep ties to special interests, that outcome is less than likely under a Mayoral Office with Wendy at the helm.

The voices of everyday people in Los Angeles will not be able to be heard over the moneyed interests of the entertainment industry and powerful unions.

“As City Controller, I found $160 million in waste and fraud.” -Wendy Greuel, TV ad “All of L.A.”

As the City’s financial watch-dog, Wendy Greuel helps to rein in a budget that she herself helped to steer towards the brink of bankruptcy during her tenure as a city councilwoman. In her years as City Councilwoman, Wendy Greuel voted with now mayoral candidates City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Councilwoman Jan Perry 99% of the time. We have a budget crisis our politicians created by making bad decisions based on numbers they didn’t understand.

Leadership is not eliminating corruption from a system that one helped create. It’s not enough to rid the city of an estimated $160 million of waste when the city still faces a larger economic burden than it can possibly shoulder. No money means no money, no matter the size of the deficit. It will still mean making massive cuts to city services.

“As Mayor, I can stop the waste because I know where it is, and I’ll use the savings for job creation.” -Wendy Greuel, TV ad “All of L.A.”

A Mayor doesn’t create jobs. Anyone who stands up and tells you that they will “create jobs” is naïve. Pleitez is the only candidate with extensive private sector experience and who has worked on fiscal and economic policy at the national level

We need a Mayor who understands that jobs are created when businesses grow and hire from a skilled workforce. LA will be a better place to do business under a Pleitez Mayoral Office by making sure we have the right infrastructure and getting rid of unnecessary taxes, like the gross receipts tax. Emanuel Pleitez has spent years working with investors and companies large and small throughout the country – and he is ready to tackle the jobs challenge on Day One.

He will work with venture capital funds and other investors, so more capital is available in LA to start a business. He’ll  support new businesses with an entrepreneurship hub in each council district to provide consulting services for new companies. He will provide tax breaks, consulting services, and office space for new businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs.

As Mayor, he’d bring an impact investing culture to LA. That means investing in communities where it will have the most impact, do the most good, and put people who are hungry to work back to work. He’d make sure we have the right transportation and energy infrastructure to support growth and mobility. And he’ll do it, not just with public money, but with private investment as well. With his finance background, he can bring new sources of capital to invest in new businesses in these communities.

It will take more than a simple audit to solve Los Angeles’ nearly 12% unemployment rate. It will take a leader. It will take Emanuel Pleitez.

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Blog written by staff from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign. Emanuel Pleitez is a candidate running for Mayor of Los Angeles in the March 2013 elections. A progressive Los Angeles native, he’s committed to uniting, serving, and inspiring his community. Son of Mexican and Salvadoran immigrants, and experienced in the private and public sector, he hopes to re-energize Los Angeles with a grassroots campaign the likes of which the city has never seen before.

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Puppetry or Progress? Kevin James’ Attack Ad is Funny but Muddy

Below is an excerpt from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign blog, about the release of a negative ad produced by a Kevin James’ SuperPAC, Better Way L.A., which stars Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, and Jan Perry as a trio of ‘foxes in the henhouse’ of City Hall. To read the full piece, visit http://bit.ly/Henhouse.

“James’ video highlights Eric Garcetti’s, Wendy Greuel’s, and Jan Perry’s time working at City Hall. Together, these three made the same short-sighted decisions that brought this city to the brink of bankruptcy, have our schools at a 50% drop-out rate and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, near 12%.

James‘ video, “Hen House”, excels at highlighting Garcetti’s, Greuel’s, and Perry’s special interest commitments and backing, yet fails to mention his own special interest ties to Better Way L.A., a SuperPAC started by political mudslinger, Fred Davis.

While mayoral candidate James is right about the City Hallers’ failures throughout the last decade, he conveniently overlooks his own special interest ties to Better Way L.A.

James was the first to bring in a SuperPAC into the mayoral race, which paid for the poorly produced attack ad. Hypocrisy at its finest.

When it is time to vote for the next mayor of Los Angeles, vote for the only candidate who is accountable only to you, Emanuel Alberto Pleitez.

He doesn’t need a SuperPAC or special interest backing, because with your support, progress can come to everyone in Los Angeles.”

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Pleitez Remembers the Holocaust: “Refuse to Stay Silent”

Below is an excerpt from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign blog, written by Emanuel Pleitez, about the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. To read the blog in full, as published on January 27, 2013, visit http://www.bit.ly/EPRemembrance.

“Bad things sometimes happen to good people, and that’s a fact of life. However, if we refuse to stay silent and honor the memories of those who have come before us we can limit future pain and suffering.

We have a responsibility with ourselves and each other. Everyday we should strive to be a better person than who were the day before. With simple acts of kindness – opening up a door for a stranger, lending a helping hand to someone in need, or simply going the extra mile for our friends and loved ones – we can make this a better world for all of us.

Throughout my 30 years of life, I’ve made it a point to make a positive impact with every action I take and every organization I’ve served. My mayoral campaign is exactly about that, action leading to positive change through everyone’s involvement.”

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Adam O., Pleitez Intern, Wins Debate Trophy

Below is an excerpt from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign blog, which covers the recent achievement of one of our talented interns on #TeamPleitez, Adam. To read the blog in full, as published on January 25, 2013, please visit: http://pleitezforla.tumblr.com/post/41461264743/teampleitez-intern-wins-prize-in-speech-debate.

“Adam out-argued five fellow contestants in his category, pleasing the panel of two judges and the audience of family and friends. Spontaneous argumentation participants, we are told, face random prompts and have to think of their feet to defend a position. Adam chose this contest because he likes sharing his opinion, explaining his thinking, and the passion of fueling an argument.

Emanuel’s mayoral campaign and his team are fueled by support from the community. More importantly, everyone that is working here towards change in Los Angeles has a desire to grow, educate and learn from others.

Our youth internship program is a great way for high school and college students to learn about the world of politics, especially about local politics in the second largest city in the country. Interns that join our program will help with basic duties associated with grassroots organizing while still having access to event, communications, policy, community outreach, and more.”

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Global Warming Solution a Rooftop Revolution?

Below is an excerpt from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign blog, which covers the simple yet impactful efforts of a non-profit in New York City, which could offer a national model for local solutions to climate change. To read the blog in full, as published on January 23, 2013, visit http://pleitezforla.tumblr.com/post/41294428197/can-simple-white-paint-present-a-solution-to-global.

“White Roof Project organizes block-by-block to green the skylines of city neighborhoods. This grassroots solution should serve as a national model for environmental justice. Los Angeles would benefit from such a program for a cooler, brighter future.

A black tar roof means many things. In a city, most of the rooftops are made of black tar, which can increase the average temperature of a summer day by 15 degrees Fahrenheit. On a 90 degree day, a tar rooftop can easily reach 180 degrees Fahrenheit— and that heat affects the inside temperature of the building to be 115 degrees. On the same day, a tar roof with white paint will only reach about 100 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore lowering the temperature on the inside of the building to 80 degrees. This not only saves up to 40% of an electricity bills cost, it reduces smog, and reflects sunlight back into the atmosphere for a cooler climate.”

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Pleitez: Eric Garcetti Unfit to Serve Over LA’s Finances

Below is an excerpt from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign blog and originally published on the CityWatchLA.com as a response to an article titled “Eric Garcetti’s Voodoo Economics” written by Jack Humphreville.

In his response, Emanuel Pleitez rejects the financial acumen of Eric Garcetti, candidate for mayor of Los Angeles, as fit to serve as the city’s preeminent leader, citing how he worsened LA’s financial woes. To read the full response, which was published on January 20, 2013, visit http://www.pleitezforla.tumblr.com/post/41076661548/voodoo-economics-garcetti-leads-the-city-hallers.

“Early on in his campaign, Eric Garcetti said he wanted to be the CEO of Los Angeles. I call that bold talk for a man who’s never been in the private sector, let alone a C-Level executive. The best CEOs are those who avoid crises, not create them and then promise to clean them up. Councilman Garcetti is a charming orator, but lacks the economic substance to lift Los Angeles out of the pit of economic crisis. I’d trust Eric Garcetti with my speeches, but never with my checkbook.

Garcetti’s kneejerk rejection of Mayor Riordan’s plan was woefully premature. Riordan’s plan was a good start to finding a long-term solution to the pension problem. As a city, we’re not in a position to limit discussions and throw away ideas. That’s not leadership. That’s hubris.

Another mayoral candidate, Controller Greuel, who naively touts her government relations job at DreamWorks as private sector experience, recently described Councilman Garcetti as “asleep at the wheel” during his city council presidency. I say he was very much awake, which, in my opinion, is far worse.

Now, it’s no secret that not only Councilman Garcetti, but also Councilwoman Jan Perry and Controller Greuel were instrumental in creating the pension problem that’s now crippling our budget. Their short-term decisions will cause pension fund liabilities to absorb 50% of the city’s budget within five years, unless we bring new leadership to the helm.

City Hall’s poor decisions will cost us essential city services like parks, libraries, and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure. The current solutions implemented by the powers that be are insufficient and short-sighted at best.”

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