Chris Brown for City Council District 10 Los Angeles Elections

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    LA City Council Elections. Vote for Chris

    Brown CD 10.

    His brilliant proposal to recycle electronic waste will funnel a minimum of $40million directly into LAs bankrupt education system, create over 1,000 new jobs and

    put hundreds of qualified teachers back to work.

    $40 million. 1,000 new jobs. In this economy.

    But Chris Brown couldnt find anyone at City Hall that seemed to care including hisown District 10 City Councilman, incumbent Herb Wesson, who couldnt be botheredto return any phone calls.So Chris Brown came up with another idea and put it into action:

    He decided to run for City Council.

    And now people are starting to listen. Lots of people.

    Chris Brown is one of the youngest candidates in city election history. At only 29, heis already a successful business executive and entrepreneur in telecommunicationsand information technology.

    Born and bred in Los Angeles, Chris is a true homegrown visionary.

    $40 million. 1,000 new jobs. In this economy.

    Chris has known all along what internationally recognized economists like Simon

    Johnson are now saying in the NY Times and on MSNBC-TV: that fixing oureconomy, locally and nationally, starts with directly funding education and putting

    our qualified teachers back to work.

    Teachers like Chris wife, an LAUSD 8th Grade teacher with a Masters Degree inEducation who was laid off due to budget cuts. Those hard family knocks, and hisown hard knocks on the disinterested doors of City Hall, give Chris Brown a fresh

    take on public service thats passionate, personal, and urgently practical.

    $40 million. 1,000 new jobs. In this economy.

    On March 8, VOTE! for Chris Brown for LA City

    Council.

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    About Chris Brown

    Chris Browns talent for turning obstacles into opportunity started early.

    When Chris was 15, his Fairfax High Football team had no banquet space, no place tocelebrate their winning football season, and no budget to create one. So, the teamswide receiver, Chris Brown, picked up the ball and headed for the goal. He found anold storage area that over the years had been forgotten. The place was a mess, but toChris all it needed was a little attention and a lot of elbow grease. The team tackledthe huge clean-up which to this day Chris describes as pretty awful and not onlydid the Lions get to celebrate in their newly re-purposed banquet hall but today thatvery same space is known as the Greenway Court Theatre, a non-profit, 99-seatprofessional performing arts venue that welcomes emerging artists, students, andseasoned professionals. Greenway is a world-class pro bono theatre and a respected

    jewel in LAs glittering arts and entertainment culturea place that might never havebeen except for a resourceful young man in 1997 wearing jersey #1.

    Chris environmental consciousness and passion for community service started evenearlier. He earned his first paycheck spending weekends and school vacations on theLA Conservation Corps Clean and Green detail, ridding neighborhood streets of

    grime and graffiti, and leaving a verdant legacy of freshly planted trees and gardens.

    Now, at 29, Chris Brown is one of the youngest candidates in city electionhistory. His innate grasp of new concepts, entrepreneurial aptitude and tireless work

    ethic paid off quickly in the fast-paced world of telecommunications andelectronics. At 29, Chris Brown is also one of the communitys most successful

    entrepreneurial CEOs and independent business professionals.

    His concept to reduce unemployment and education layoffs using electronic wasterecycling to generate millions of dollars for jobs and teachers, is a ringingendorsement for the kind of sparkling fresh business model that can turn civicresponsibility and environmental consciousness into shared profits and exactly thekind of enlightened, responsible business ethic that seems to be missing in LA citypolitics right now.

    And his pledge, if elected, to cut his own first term salary in half is exactly thekind of message all of our elected officials need to hear and strive harder

    themselves to send right now.

    A true LA native, Chris grew up in Wilshire Vista on the northwest end of the Districthe now seeks to serve. His parents instilled the value of hard work and a do-it-yourself approach to life, which came in handy at San Jose State University balancinga full class load and simultaneously pursuing a corporate career in

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    The following is an excerpt from the LA Times website from the URL:http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/los-angeles-elections/la-me-city-election-interviews-cd10,0,4441157,full.story

    Chris Brown

    What distinguishes you from other candidates in the race?

    a) I am the ONLY candidate -- in my district as well as the city as a whole -- with aviable and material environmental plan that will raise millions of dollars (aminimum of $40 million and as much as $200 million) for Los Angeles, to create realjobs and funds to revitalize our education system.

    b) I am the ONLY candidate who is pledging to cut my first term salary in half -- tosend a message of reform to city government and a message of solidarity to the hardworking people in my district struggling through this economy.

    c) I am the ONLY candidate whose principal campaign platform is a pledge ofunprecedented accessibility and responsiveness to voters in my district as their CityCouncil representative a pledge that is a radical departure from the current statusquo.

    What is the most important issue in your district and how should it be addressed?

    The most important issue in my district is the issue of accessibility andresponsiveness on the part of our elected local representation. The current statusquo in this area has contributed to poor management and execution of our core

    services. CD 10 is a model of diversity and honest, working class values. Ourresidents have a right to expect their streets and roadways to be pot-hole free, theirpublic artery medians to be properly landscaped, and the bounty of mature trees inour neighborhoods to be carefully trimmed and maintained. We experiencedsignificant problems in all these areas due to a lack of accessibility andresponsiveness on the part of our current City Council office.

    What is the most important issue in the city and how should it be addressed?

    Addressing our budget deficit of almost half a billion dollars should be our toppriority. I consider the following to be key:

    a) comprehensive audit of city government finances to identify misappropriationsand close waste loopholes

    b) restructure health insurance and pension plans that the city can no longer sustain

    c) examine and aggressively seek reductions from existing private contractors (e.g.legal firms and investment banks)

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    d) outsource billing and debt collection to more efficiently recoup millions inoutstanding debt owed the city

    e) aggressive, impartial contract negotiation with all prospective contractors and

    real bid comparison -- no

    more 'sweetheart' deals of any kind with anyone

    f) I will set the example for more modest salary and compensation packages for L.A.City Council members who are currently the nation's highest paid: I will cut my firstterm salary in half, and lobby for permanent salary and benefit reductions for allmembers across the board

    Do you favor allowing a professional football stadium to be built in downtown, as a

    private group has proposed?

    Yes -- as long as it creates both jobs and revenue for Los Angeles and in no way costscity taxpayers; and as long as the plan can irrefutably demonstrate its economic "no-cost" benefit in black and white.

    "Is it fair for LA City residents to subsidize nearly 100% of health insurance costs for

    city employees AND their dependents while most residents can't afford even their ownindividual coverage?" -- Posted by: Ronald W | January 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    No. A 100% subsidy of health costs for city employees in our current fiscal deficitand economic context is altogether unfair, and is part of what is fundamentally

    'broke' about our city government and financial management policies. Like theirprivate sector counterparts, city employees should be obligated to contribute asignificant percentage out of their own pockets toward the cost of their healthinsurance policies, which by their very nature as pooled entities are extremely costeffectively structured. This one change in city employee policy could literally savetens of millions of dollars for Los Angeles.

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