This is how (and in some cases why) I’m voting on Tuesday, March 7.
It’s no secret that I am deeply disappointed in Mayor Eric Garcetti—and this is coming from someone who supported his initial ascension into the office of mayor.
It has become very clear to me that Garcetti doesn’t care about South Los Angeles unless it’s February or there’s something he can come over here and take credit for while posing for photos.
When he ran for office I will never forget him telling me that I’d be proud to have mayor who had been to Africa—as if for some reason that mattered to me because I was Black.
What I care about is the forced displacement of Black people because the rent is too damn high in South Los Angeles. What I care about is having a mayor who is just as quick to fall over himself to figure out a way to keep Black people within the city limits and in their homes and neighborhoods as he is in declaring Los Angeles a sanctuary city for the undocumented. I care about the homeless problem in all of Los Angeles. Garcetti running out of the backdoor of his house to escape activists upset about the killings of unarmed Black and Latino people by the LAPD is on him. He made that decision just like he made the decision to provide alternative facts to the Los Angeles Times on the reason for his sudden trip to Washington D.C. I’m more concerned about a mayor who looks the other way when his police chief’s criminal shenanigans are exposed. Garcetti does not hold Chief Beck accountable for anything. I also can’t in good conscience support a mayor who proudly consorts with the likes of someone who preys of the community, misrepresents the community and who publicly threatens and belittles women and the family members of those killed by the police all under the guise of working for the mayor.
All that said, I’m as sure as Garcetti is that he’ll be re-elected on Tuesday. I hope that during his next term in office some things change.
Mike Feuer is running unopposed. This box will not be checked on my ballot for many, many reasons—chief among them his decision to attempt to prosecute me on lies provided to him by Los Angeles Chief Beck’s cohorts. Notice I said attempt, because when push came to shove that case was dropped faster than Black constituents the day after election day.
Ron Galperin is running unopposed.
Los Angeles Community College District
Dallas Fowler for Seat No. 4
Her opponent is the incumbent and among other things is someone who financially supported President Donald Trump. I’m good.
YES on Measure H
A sales tax measure to fund homeless services and prevention via a 0.25 percent county sales tax for 10 years
YES on Measure M
A marijuana regulation and tax city council referral
Whether I like it or not—and that’s a not—the voters of California have approved the sale and recreational use of marijuana by adults. There’s no turning the clock back now.
NO on Measure N
A marijuana regulation and tax initiative
The official proponents of Measure N abandoned support of the initiative and urged voters to reject it and vote “yes” on Measure M instead.
YES on Measure P
A charter amendment to increase the maximum length of harbor department leases
YES on Measure S
An initiative to change the city’s laws governing changes to the general plan and development projects
The displacement, evictions and gentrification is too real. I know a lot folks are on the No on Measure S bandwagon but I can’t do it. I don’t care how many pieces of mail the No on S campaign sends me.
And by the way, I loved the Yes on S eviction notice mailer. It was smart and it’s what Angelenos are faced with day after day.
Sadly in this city development equals displacement, gentrification and pay-to-play politics.