Below is an excerpt from the Emanuel Pleitez for Los Angeles Mayor campaign blog, which discusses the policy stances of Emanuel Pleitez from a mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Empowerment Congress Summit at the University of Southern California. To read the full blog post, which was published on January 19, 2013, visit www.pleitezforla.tumblr.com/post/40941224813/pleitez-talks-solutions-at-empowerment-congress-mayoral.
“When it comes to mental health, we can’t wait for another tragedy to happen before we act. When someone hurts themselves or others, it’s already too late. We need to be proactive with mental health services, not reactive. Mental health services aren’t a luxury and shouldn’t be treated as an add-on service; they’re are an essential service and need to be a core component of health services.”
“Too many of our communities are underdeveloped because our politicians have put a premium on building condos, hotels, and stadiums downtown. That’s not what our priority should be. Our priority should be making sure there are good-paying jobs in South LA, East LA, and some of our most impoverished communities, and that there are plenty of educational opportunities for young and old so that we ensure Angelenos have the skills they need for the jobs they want.”
“One in three black and Latino children in LA live below the poverty line. That’s some of the highest poverty rates among children in the country. I was one of them. In fact, my family was so poor that we didn’t even qualify for Section 8 housing!”
“Growing up, I lost friends to gang violence. I understand that a lower average crime rate doesn’t mean crime is gone. In my neighborhood, where I grew up and still live, there were multiple drive-by shootings right in front of my house last year. My local fire department has fewer response vehicles than it used to have, and we’re locking up more people than were saving.”
“Our pension system is choking the life out of our budget. It’s forcing us to cut the upkeep of our parks, hours at our libraries, and maintenance of the roads and services that we use to get to these places.”