Pleitez campaign hosts LA Backyard Hack-A-Thon: Bringing “Silicon Alley” to South LA

It goes against traditional politics in Los Angeles to hold events that don’t focus solely on getting votes or donations. During this election cycle we’ve seen few events that focus on giving back to the community, and when those events do happen Emanuel Pleitez’ campaign is at the forefront of them. The Miracle on 1st Street and Homeless Count come to mind.

We are now proud to add the first-ever South LA Backyard Hack-A-thon: Bringing “Silicon Alley” to South LA to that list.

On Sunday, February 24th, we brought together the community to display how technology can engage the next generation of leaders, along with every type of individual in LA. The South LA Hack-A-Thon was a pitri dish look at what could be if we found ways to reach people across all pockets of the city.

The plan was simple: set up multiple computers, lay out a vision for students to execute, bring in tech experts and community members, and build a great website. We’re happy to say the plan was accomplished.

A crowd of more than 35 gathered in the backyard of the Pleitez South LA home office. A place where 22 Pleitez staffers live and work out of a few times every week. Students and tech experts came together to build what is now Silicon Alley.

In a matter of four hours students were briefed on the vision for the site – a hub of community resources for the area – reseached, coded, and developed. A few leaders and industry pros also shared their knowledge and expertise. Nick Cicero, lead social strategist for tech innovator LiveFyre, joined through a Google+ Hangout and discussed how social media and digital technology have moved his career forward.

Another special guest in attendance was Adam Brown, founder of KidsSpeak International, an organization that advocates for youth involvement in politics and community activities. Mr. Ron Moss, a published author who became literate in his mid-30’s, also joined in to touch on the power of education and to learn about technology, branding, and community engagement.

The microcosm of community engagement that was the South LA Hack-A-Thon didn’t stop there. Teachers, small business owners, start-up innovators, app builders, community leaders, web designers, magazine founders, and media outlets were also in attendance.

The crowd enjoyed a home cooked meal prepared by Emanuel Pleitez’ own mom and refreshments donated by supporters.

On top of enjoying a fun Sunday afternoon together amongst new friends, the Pleitez campaign and its supporters wanted to prove that technology at a local, neighborhood level can have a wider-reaching effect. Its positives shouldn’t be reserved for those who live in a particular area. More importantly, its benefits can reach people across all walks of life and parts of LA.

A special thanks goes out to Oscar Menjivar, founder of Urban TxT and a community leader, Adam Brown, Nick Cicero, Andres Barreto, and all students and community members who attended.

Without further delay, we’d like to invite you into Silicon Alley. Please imagine the possibilities for Los Angeles if we, as a city, decided to come together, to break down barriers, and to bridge gaps. We’d all benefit if that could be accomplished.

Learn more about Emanuel Pleitez’ experience in the technology sector and about his vision for Los Angeles.

Blog written by Juan Vasquez, Field Organizer and Fellow for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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.

Elections for the next mayor of Los Angeles are March 5th, 2013. Top candidates are Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry and conservative radio personality Kevin James.

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Kevin James’ New Video Ad “Bodies” Takes City Hall Under

Mayoral candidate and conservative radio personality Kevin James released a new video called “Bodies.” The ad attacks City Hall insiders City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti.

In Kevin James’ “Bodies” video, actors playing Controller Greuel and Councilman Garcetti are seen pulling body bags out of a car and burying them somewhere in the woods. In addition to the grim images, “Bodies” talks about special interest backing, as both Councilman Garcetti and Controller Greuel have SuperPACs behind them. Although not mentioned in the new video, Kevin James himself is backed by a SuperPAC. Most of the funds for James’ SuperPAC have come from wealthy conservative Texans who traditionally pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into GOP candidates.

This ad continues the trend of mud slinging politics that plagues LA and discourages voters from getting involved in the political process. James’ “Bodies” video offers no plan for the city of Los Angeles or solutions for the growing list of problems.

This great city needs a drastic shift from traditional politics. Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is the only candidate that understands what most Angelenos struggle with on a daily basis. He also offers the most diverse and relevant experience out of all the candidates. Click to learn about Emanuel’s experience and vision for Los Angeles.

Watch Kevin James’ new attack video “Bodies.”

Blog written by Juan Vasquez, Field Organizer and Fellow for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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.

Elections for the next mayor of Los Angeles are March 5th, 2013. Top candidates are Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry and conservative radio personality Kevin James.

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Eric Garcetti Commercials “Para Alcalde” talk La Opinion, neighborhoods, but give no plan

Mayoral candidate Councilman Garcetti released two 15 second television commercials based around La Opinion’s backing and his claims of leadership in affordable housing and neighborhood revamping.

Interestingly enough, Councilman Garcetti’s new TV ads don’t discuss his plans to address the growing gap between the cost of living and limited job opportunities in the city of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles faces a grave situation. Aside from the increasing deficit and painful unemployment and drop-out rates, the city has been unable to open a path out of poverty for a lot of LA residents. This is especially seen in low-income areas where the city’s leadership allows large real estate developers to revamp existing properties without working through the consequences.

The next mayor of Los Angeles needs to work towards a higher standard of living across the city. However, it doesn’t stop there. He or she needs to create opportunities so that residents’ income increase at a similar, if not faster, rate than the cost of living. Without addressing the root problems of poverty, higher property value is irrelevant.

This is one of the main reasons the March 5th election is so important.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles, knows how harsh the Los Angeles reality can be. He has lived the problems first-hard, moving around ten homes before he was ten years old. Aside from understanding the need for city-wide solutions, he has the experience in finance, technology, and community development to execute them in a way so that all of LA wins, not a select few.

Learn more about Emanuel’s story and his experience to see why he is the right leader for Los Angeles.

Watch Councilman Eric Garcetti’s “Para alcalde” TV commercials

Blog written by Juan Vasquez, Field Organizer and Fellow for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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.

Elections for the next mayor of Los Angeles are March 5th, 2013. Top candidates are Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry and conservative radio personality Kevin James.

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Emanuel Pleitez releases first TV commercial, “Hazte contar,” shares story and vision

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, candidate running for mayor of Los Angeles, released his first television spot online. The tv ad is called “Hazte contar.” In it, Emanuel shares a portion of his story, his vision for LA, the fact that under our politicians’ poor leadership few ever move forward, and asks everyone to vote on March 5th as a way to have their voices heard.

The spot was shot, edited, and produced by a local, young entrepreneur who owns a production studio. Once he learned about Emanuel’s story and his policy, he decided to donate his time and resources. The spot was recorded and edited in one day. This is only one example of the power behind a community coming together for something greater than any one man or woman.

Emanuel’s grassroots campaign started in early 2012 with a core group of leaders who wanted to bring actual and tangible progress to the second largest city in the country. They worked wherever they could and slept wherever a couch was available. Now, Emanuel’s campaign has one of the largest, if not the largest, full-time staff of any campaign in the LA mayoral race, works out of two offices, and prides itself in the constant flow of volunteers and supporters from all around.

Learn more about how you can get involved at www.pleitezforla.com/get_involved and about Emanuel at www.pleitezforla.com/about_emanuel.

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Blog written by Juan Vasquez, Field Organizer and Fellow for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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.

Elections for the next mayor of Los Angeles are March 5th, 2013. Top candidates are Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, Councilman Eric Garcetti, City Controller Wendy Greuel, Councilwoman Jan Perry and conservative radio personality Kevin James.

Paid for by Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013, 1972 E Cesar E Chavez Ave., Los Angeles CA 90033. Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org.

Eric Garcetti’s TV Commercial “Potential” Claims Ability to Lead

Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti released a new television commercial called “Potential.” In the TV ad, the narrator claims Councilman Garcetti has a proven history of solving problems and leading the city of Los Angeles.

“Potential” came out the day after an LA Weekly article covered Councilman Garcetti’s violation of the Fair Political Practices Commission Regulation.

Councilman Garcetti, who was City Council president at the time, voted to give Clear Channel Outdoor exclusive rights to digital billboards in LA. At the time of the vote, Councilman Garcetti owned 200 shares of stock of Clear Channel, valued between $2,000 and $10,000. He also did not seek the advice of the city attorney.

The day before City Council voted on the digital billboards matter, Councilman Garcetti accepted a maxed- out donation from Clear Channel towards his office holder account.

City Hall has created a culture that hurts this city and its residents. Politicians that have led LA over the past decade seem to care about the people and community only when election time rolls around. After the polls close, their priorities seem to shift towards entities with deeper pockets. 

Los Angeles has too much potential to continue down the path of financial mismanagement, poor decision-making, and questionable practices. It’s time for a real leader to be given an opportunity, since our last set of leaders have proven to be incapable of making the right decisions. A $238 million deficit, 50% graduation rates, and the highest unemployment rate of any major city show the potential damage the same leadership can have.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is a breath of fresh air backed by experience in technology, finance, and partnership-building. Along with his professional experience, he is the right leader for Los Angeles because he lived the problems many Angelenos face. Learn about Emanuel’s story at www.pleitezforla.com/about_emanuel

Watch Eric Garcetti’s TV Commercial “Potential” 

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Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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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LA Weekly: Vote by Garcetti Creates Conflict of Interest in Favor of Clear Channel

The election to decide the next mayor of Los Angeles rapidly approaches, and for the last month Eric Garcetti has railed against fellow contender Wendy Greuel’s record and acceptance of outside funds.

Garcetti has publicly warned against the dangers of the influence of outside money in elections while Wendy Greuel has accepted the support from the Department of Water and Power’s IBEW Union and the Police Protective League.  Greuel’s campaign has been hampered recently stemming from a 2007 vote while she was on the City Council that prevented the opening of a Home Depot nine miles from a competing building supply store that she partly owns. In addition, the Los Angeles Times refuted her claim that while City Controller she uncovered $160 million of “waste, fraud, and abuse”.  The LA Times argues that Greuel’s audits only recovered a fraction of that figure– $239, 000.

Eric Garcetti has worked to present himself as a genuine alternative to Wendy Greuel and the special interests that back her. Yet, the harder he tries to present himself as a mayor that would equally represent all Angelenos, the more he appears to be cut from the same cloth as Greuel.

Garcetti’s strategy to portray himself as the candidate of the masses began on January 16th at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Mayoral Forum, in which he asked Wendy Greuel to sign his “People’s Pledge”.   The pledge called for the candidates to donate half of the outside funds spent on their respective L.A. mayoral campaigns to charity.

In the face of increased outside support for Gruel and Kevin James, Garcetti has declined to sign his own pledge while instead deciding to fight fire with fire.  On February 14th, an independent committee was formed to back Garcetti’s campaign that would enable donors that have given the maximum $1,300 contribution to continue with their financial support.  One of the co-founders of the committee, Mary Jane Stevenson, said the reasoning behind its formation was to “make sure that Eric is on the same kind of footing that Wendy is on.”

Today, LA Weekly reported that the similarities to between Gruel and Garcetti do not end with the SuperPAC connection.  In 2006 while city council president, Garcetti voted to allow Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor to construct 420 electronic billboards apiece across the city.  The decision was highly unpopular with residents across Los Angeles, but it is now apparent that Garcetti should have never casted a vote to begin with.

In his 2006 disclosure statement Garcetti declared ownership of 200 shares of Clear Channel Outdoor stock valued at $2,000 to $10,000.  According to Fair Political Practice Commission Regulations, a conflict of interest exists only if the decision would have an effect of greater than $10 million on the company’s revenues, or greater than $2.5 million on the company’s expenses.  A third party has estimated that Clear Channel’s revenue from the 85 digital billboards erected is within the neighborhood of $100 million annually.

The notion that Garcetti is not a typical politician who collects financial donations that will be cashed in as future favors has become a central campaign strategy.  History shows, however, that Garcetti has done exactly that during his career as an LA politician.  When push came to shove, he voted against the will of Los Angeles residents in 2006 in favor of a multi-billion dollar company.  He pledged to keep outside funding out his campaign in order to be in a position to equally represent all Angelenos if elected, but he crumbled in face of the backing Wendy Greuel was receiving from special interest groups.

There is one candidate that is running to become the mayor of all Angelenos, and not the mayor of outside funders that donate because they expect something in return.  There is one candidate that understands the perspective of the residents in Los Angeles’ most neglected neighborhoods because he grew up living there. Los Angeles has a clear choice between politics as usual and bold change.  While Eric Garcetti has worked to characterize himself as the candidate of the “people”, there is only one contender for Los Angeles mayor that can claim this title and his name is Emanuel Alberto Pleitez.

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Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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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Pleitez outlines immigration platform, plans for more opportunities and path into workforce

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez, candidate running for mayor, gave a press conference at Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, on Wednesday, February 20th on his vision for immigration in Los Angeles.

Processing centers and path to citizenship

The city should do everything in its power to expedite the citizenship process for eligible immigrants. However, I am very aware that a green card does not equal opportunity, and opportunity should not be limited to “deserving immigrants.” Whether it is undocumented workers or other underserved groups, we need to work harder to support the dreams and aspirations of all Angelenos. That is why my plan focuses on increasing opportunities to make one’s life better, through the right to work and the right to get a good education.

Work visa benefits

A work visa would make it clear that undocumented workers are valued members of the Los Angeles community. It would make it clear that they enjoy all the protections of California and United States labor law; must be paid the minimum wage and benefits available to all workers at that position; and bring a large population out of the shadows. Studies have shown that such a program would be a positive boon to our economy as well as the budget. Bringing more undocumented workers out of the shadow economy expands the tax base and increases tax revenue.

Current protection of undocumented workers under California and federal law

Many undocumented workers don’t know they have rights that protect them. Many employers don’t provide undocumented workers with the same wages and benefits they would other employees in that position. That’s not fair. That’s one group of Angelenos taking advantage of another. That is not what Los Angeles stands for, and that’s what I want to stop.

Necessity for work visa program 

Undocumented workers are our friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters. They are valued members of our community. They should not feel like second-class citizens. They should not feel afraid to go after the same protections, wages, and benefits as other Angelenos. We need a work visa to end our underground labor market and give these hard-working men and women the rights and benefits they deserve. If we do not, we are perpetuating poverty longer than we should.

Federal immigration reform and contradiction of federal law

We already do not enforce federal law when we do not deport undocumented residents for misdemeanors, and a work visa program is not without precedence in California. Last year, members of the State Assembly proposed a bill to grant essentially a work visa to undocumented agricultural workers. Unfortunately, that bill was tabled. I want to see it resurrected and enacted for all undocumented workers regardless of industry. Los Angeles does not need to wait for the federal government to enact immigration reform – we should take matters into our own hands. We should represent, protect, and respect all residents, regardless of immigration status.

Subsidizing education

Subsidizing education all depends on fixing our budget and reforming our pension system. I am the only candidate to propose a plan to get our budget on a path to sustainability. If we buy out our workers’ pension benefits and invest in underserved communities, we will have the revenue we need to make this happen. That is why it is so important to elect a Mayor that has a comprehensive vision for the city – so all the pieces fit together.

Education programs and immigration

We need to break the cycle of poverty for many families in many of our communities. That means investing in educational opportunities outside the classroom – opportunities that the families that need them most typically cannot afford. We must target programs at these groups to make sure we are doing everything we can to get more students to graduate and put more people on a path to success. This is our moment.

Learn more about Emanuel’s seven-point plan for Los Angeles at http://www.pleitezforla.com/issues.

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Blog written by staff for the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor 2013 campaign.

Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is 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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