My Mission | Jay Beeber for City Council 2015

L.A.'s Newest Folk Hero

My Mission

Year after year the same problems continue to plague our city while our elected officials maintain the status quo. It's time to bring about fundamental change to the city council and how it conducts the people's business.   I am the candidate with the strongest record of defeating entrenched bureaucracies and standing up to special interests. As your councilmember, I will continue to fight for you. I NEVER GIVE UP, I NEVER TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER.
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I HAVE FIVE QUESTIONS FOR YOU.
1. Should DWP employees get paid 20% more than other city workers. increasing our electric and water rates, just because their union has strong influence over City Council members?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO, I AGREE WITH YOU. 
2. Should your Council Member allow construction of outsized development projects that destroy the character of our neighborhoods and overburden our transportation and water infrastructure?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO, I AGREE WITH YOU. 
3. Should our tax dollars have been spent to reconstruct the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass without also creating a dedicated busway similar to the Orange Line that could have eased traffic between the valley and the west side?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO, I AGREE WITH YOU.


4. Should the City Council have spent our tax dollars on a 30% pay raise to city employees in 2007 rather than fixing our ailing streets and sidewalks?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS NO, I AGREE WITH YOU.
5. Should our next City Council Member have a proven record of success fighting entrenched special interests, protecting us from abusive governmental revenue schemes, helping improve our neighborhoods, and ensuring fiscal responsibility and accountability from our elected officials?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES, I AGREE WITH YOU.
I WILL CONTINUE TO DO EXACTLY THAT WHEN ELECTED.
Below is my vision of what needs to be taken care of first.
REDUCE TRAFFIC
IMPROVE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY
REFORM PARKING
ACCOUNTABLE SPENDING
REFORM ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
KEEP ENTERTAINMENT JOBS IN LA
REDUCE WASTE
INCREASE GOVERNMENT ACCESSIBILITY
CUTTING RED TAPE
EDUCATION IMPROVEMENTS
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REDUCE TRAFFIC – We can eliminate choke points by fixing engineering deficiencies.
•Synchronize signals
•Install missing left and right turn lanes & arrows
•Provide dedicated bus routes from Sherman Oaks to Century City and Westwood to alleviate the nightmarish morning traffic backup at Sepulveda & Ventura
•Construct a “flyover” southbound ramp at the 101/405 interchange (one of the worst in America)
•Reconfigure the center lane at the southbound/eastbound 101/134 interchange into a “split lane” so vehicles can flow onto either roadway
•Provide a direct mass transit line from the Valley to LAX
•Fix the engineering deficiencies which continually cause a backup on the 101 south between Hollywood and the 110.
IMPROVE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY 
•Improve Police response times by ensuring that officers aren’t assigned to trivial duties such as ticketing pedestrians who start to cross the street after the countdown timer starts. Police have better things to do such as patrolling neighborhoods to catch criminals burglarizing homes and vehicles.
•Install changeable speed limit and radar feedback signs in school zones so motorists are immediately aware of reduced speed limits and their travel speed so they can adjust their driving behavior.
•Accelerate the installation of flashing lighted crosswalks and speed feedback signs throughout the city concentrating first on the “Safe Routes to School” corridors identified by our new Pedestrian Coordinators.
REFORM PARKING – We have begun the process of reforming parking so that Los Angelesʼ residents and visitors are not used as targets to supplement the city’s budget failures. Changes are underway that will reduce the chance that violations will occur and that give a break to those who simply make a minor mistake now and then. This new customer service oriented approach will result in better management of parking overall and increase the likelihood that customers will patronize local businesses. But there is no guarantee that our elected officials will do the right thing and adopt our recommendations. The people of L.A. need a strong voice in City Council to ensure these changes are adopted.  See more about our efforts at www.parkinglosangeles.org.
ACCOUNTABLE SPENDING – Although the city’s finances took a hit during the recession, the real culprit of our continuing budget problems is the huge 25% raise given to city workers beginning in 2007, care of former Mayor Villaraigosa and the City Council. The people of Los Angeles are now paying the price for this betrayal in increased taxes and fees and decreased city services. We must address our unsustainable government employee expenses and pension obligations, especially at the DWP, whose workers make on average up to 20% more than other city employees. No one expects city employees to work for free, but we must keep salaries in line with comparable jobs in the private sector.
For example, a full-time clerk typist working for the city earns a base salary of about $50,000.  The same job for the DWP pays about $58,000. And that’s before pension and benefits, including full healthcare. Meanwhile, the average pay for a clerk typist in the private sector is about $37,000. Now you know why the city has no money to fix your street or sidewalk.
REFORM ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT – The city misses out on millions of dollars in licensing fees. Poor licensing policies and poor enforcement result in many animals that are not spayed/neutered which means we have countless unnecessary births.  In the end, this brings about higher shelter and staffing expenses.  As council member, I will call for a comprehensive performance audit of the department, raise the overall transparency, increase enforcement of licensing fees and accountability on how money is spent to ensure resources go directly to the care and well-being of the animals.
KEEP ENTERTAINMENT JOBS IN LA – I originally came to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry, and now as a member of an entertainment union I fully appreciate what is lost when productions go elsewhere. The city has to do more to keep good paying entertainment industry jobs here in L.A. That includes making the permitting process easier and less costly and working with stakeholders to manage any disruptions to neighborhoods during location filming. As we’re doing with parking reform, the city should convene a working group of interested stakeholders to come up with common sense recommendations to keep entertainment jobs from fleeing to other locales. Politicians don’t have all the answers (as much as they would like you to think that they do), so we need to reach out to those who know what the problems are and can advise what to do to solve them. We all have to recognize that when productions stay local we retain the good middle class jobs held by the majority of crew members. This not only helps those workers, everyone benefits from a huge boost to our local economy.
REDUCE WASTE – Institute a voluntary city-wide composting program. LAʼs garbage is 20% food waste. Why aren’t we addressing this? Composting will cost less and help the environment.
INCREASE GOVERNMENT ACCESSIBILITY – Government can’t be responsive unless it engages with the public. We can bring government closer to the people by expanding the size of the City Council so each member represents a smaller area (with a proportionally reduced salary). The City Council should also periodically hold evening sessions so those stakeholders with jobs can attend meetings and voice their concerns. For the same reasons, Council members should regularly hold office hours some evenings and weekends to meet their constituents one on one. Finally, we must add a sense of customer service to the local government mindset.
CUTTING RED TAPE – Make opening and operating a business in Los Angeles a simple process so that we can improve the business climate. If you want to open a business in Hong Kong, you only have one form to fill out and you can be in business in a few weeks. In LA, you have to deal with tons of paperwork and run the gauntlet of multiple city agencies, many of which give conflicting instructions to applicants. We must fix this now by eliminating unnecessary and confusing rules so we can concentrate on those that actually matter.
EDUCATION IMPROVEMENTS – My dad was an elementary school teacher and principal so I grew up with a strong understanding of the importance of a good public education. While the City Council has no direct control over our failing public schools, Councilmembers don’t have to be silent on the issue. Given the chance, I’d work to reign in the bloated LAUSD bureaucracy and return more control to school administrators and parents. Also, we have to recognize that not every student will be headed to college, so we must offer classes that these students find relevant. These include classes where students can begin to learn a trade or skill that will lead to a good middle class job.