Pleitez shines at LA League of Women Voters Debate on ABC7

The Los Angeles League of Women Voters debate gave Emanuel Pleitez, candidate for mayor, the perfect platform to discuss specifics of his vision for Los Angeles. The debate, which was televised on ABC7, touched on jobs, education, roads and sidewalks, environmental issues, and corruption within City Hall, amongst other things. 

Emanuel shared his plan for a fellowship program that engages young individuals, gets them involved in their local communities and the policy-making process, and grows our public safety department by increasing staff without having to add actual cops and firemen. 

His fellowship program also tackles voter apathy, allows for solutions to be created at the local level, and opens up the door for communities to actually be heard within City Hall. 

Emanuel’s perspective on medicinal marijuana comes from real life experience. It’s easy to get on the street and illegal marijuana sales hurts our community. We need to provide guidance to our young people so that they understand the dangers of drug use.

Balance is key and safe access is important, which is why Emanuel will ask for input from the actual communities to decide how dispensaries fit within them. He wants to create a market that can actually be regulated while benefiting the city.

Meeting the future water needs of a growing population can be solved by growing public-private partnerships to capitalize on new technology while creating jobs. Low-flow toilets, better technology to clean our water, and rain-water capture are solutions that need to be explored.

Students also had an opportunity to get involved in the debate. On engaging young voters, Emanuel has a track record of leadership and mentorship programs. Emanuel’s fellowship programs not only provide job opportunities for young people but also gives them a input into the policy-making process while getting them involved in the community.

Two great examples are Voto Latino and the Latinos On Fast Track. Emanuel was Voto Latino’s first volunteer and created their online platforms. While working with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Emanuel started the LOFT Network, a nation-wide program that creates opportunities and connects young professionals.

Emanuel was asked why he deserves to be mayor being so young. His response was simple and truthful – Los Angeles needs someone new with energy and innovative thinking. Experienced, career politicians turned LA into the nation’s metropolitian city with the highest unemployment rates, lowest graduation rates, and highest drop-out rates. Emanuel has cross-sector experience, worked on the economy at the national level, and has unmatched technological know-how.

Emanuel would not like to be involved with who the elected officials for the school board are and does not believe that a mayor should be able to remove the superintendent. Education is a service-driven function of the city, and the mayor’s job is to ensure educational opportunities are available outside of the classroom for everyone. 

Emanuel closed by sharing his goal for an LA that uses impact-investment. Los Angeles will grow like never before because he will invest in the areas where the biggest impact will be seen. He will capitalize on Angelenos’ creativity, work ethic, and desire to grow.

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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