Every so often we have the opportunity to make a significant change in the vision and direction of our government. For the voters of the City of Los Angeles, the 2013 election is one of those times. Nine out of 15 City Council seats are at play in this election, and of those nine seats seven will be filled by new officials as the incumbents are termed out or not seeking another term. These newly elected councilmembers will likely serve 12 years in these positions, setting the agenda for economic development, public safety, city services and much more.
This is a watershed moment in L.A. politics and the L.A. JOBS Political Action Committee of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has stepped up like never before to engage and have impact on the outcome of this election.
The L.A. JOBS PAC chooses who it supports based on a simple criteria: which candidate will work to create jobs, grow our local economy and make decisions based on what is good fiscal policy for the citizens and taxpayers of Los Angeles.
To that end, the trustees of the L.A. JOBS PAC Board have raised more than $650,000 so far for this election. The PAC has endorsed five candidates for City Council and has committed funds to run independent expenditure campaigns in support of four of these candidates.
List of endorsed candidates:
Council District 1: Assemblymember Gil Cedillo
Council District 7: Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes
Council District 11: Mike Bonin
Council District 13: Alex de Ocampo
Council District 15: Councilmember Joe Buscaino
But our work is not done. We need to raise more revenue to impact the March 5 primary election, and have the band width to carry our candidates to final victory, if necessary, in the May 21 run-off election. This is where we need the entire business community to step up.
For those who have given to the PAC, please give more. For those who have yet to give, this will be the most important City election of this decade. Now is the time and place for the business community to influence the future prosperity of our great city. Please act now.
And that's The Business Perspective.
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