City Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel released yet another TV commercial, “Every Child,” discussing the waste she’s identified during her time as City Controller.
Controller Greuel, who is backed by SuperPAC and special interest group Working Californians, has boiled down her campaign messaging to being a fiscal watchdog. “Every Child” shares the waste she identified in gas expenses for city vehicles and cell phone bills for city employees.
Controller Greuel claims she will continue to be a watchdog if elected mayor and that the funds that have been wasted could have gone to schools and libraries.
Unfortunately for Angelenos, the message in “Every Child” contradicts Controller Greuel’s financial vision for Los Angeles, which she recently shared at a debate. She plans to add 2,000 LAPD officers and 800 firefighters over the next seven years. When asked how this will be financed, Controller Greuel failed to provide a plan.
The city’s public safety departments already account for close to 70% of the budget. The city’s deficit, which sits at $238 million, is projected to pass the $400 million mark within two years.
Given the numbers above, it seems irresponsible for Controller Greuel to say she will be a mayor for “every school, every child” given her pledge to beef up our public safety departments without a plan to finance it.
Angelenos should also consider Controller Greuel’s omission in “Every Child” and most of her campaign messaging of her time as a Councilwoman. City Hall’s poor decision-making put Los Angeles in the situation it’s in – a massive deficit, highest unemployment and dropout rates of any major city, and a community so turned off by city politics that less than 20% of voters are projected to come out on the March 5th election.
Los Angeles needs a mayor who will address issues by going to the root problem and not by using band-aid solutions, like adding staff to public safety departments without tackling the issues that cause crime in the first place.
Emanuel Alberto Pleitez is the right leader for Los Angeles because he has the most diverse experience of any candidate on the ballot, has no special interest ties, and has lived L.A.’s problems firsthand. He is also the breath of young, fresh energy the city’s bleak and outdated leadership needs.
Watch Controller Wendy Greuel’s TV video commercial “Every Child”
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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