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Lucas John wants to bring change to city hall. Democracy has left West Hollywood. This cannot stand. Our city has become bogged down in CORRUPTION, machine politics, and we have entrenched elites who are in the back pocket of wealthy developers. We need to stop this stranglehold and take back our city!
Lucas John’s policy priorities:
- DEMOCRACY: bring real democracy back to West Hollywood and end corruption in city government. Lucas supports actual elections for all city council members. He has also refused to take one dime in contributions from any corporate donors, especially developers! Developers have had a stranglehold on city government for far too long.
- TERM LIMITS: being a member of city council is not a matter of right for a select few elites and it should not be something you do for your whole life
- SMART GROWTH: promote smart growth policies to prevent the further suburbanization of our city. We need to be more like San Francisco and less like Calabasas
- THE ARTS: make West Hollywood once again a creative and artistic city
- REDEVELOPMENT that actually redevelops:
- Fix the aging and ugly facades of some of our deteriorating buildings
- Create more parks and civic spaces for community gatherings
- Increase the amount of parking for residents and visitors
- Build a free clinic to treat those with STD, HIV, and AIDS… we don’t have one!
- Establish programs for youth including after school and recreation programs
HEILMAN, LAND, AND HORVATH:
First elected during the Reagan administration, John Heilman and Abbe Land have been on the city council for over 40 years combined. Heilman himself has been entrenched since 1984! These two professional politicians have become entrenched elites who have been in a position of power for decades. Democracy was further eroded in 2009, when rather than conducting a free and democratic election, Lindsey Horvath was appointed to the city council by Heilman and Land after having lived in West Hollywood for only 18 months. She has proven to be a solid and loyal vote for the two, allowing them to further their agenda on behalf of developers who contribute to their campaigns. Is this what representative democracy is supposed to be? What has transpired in the last few years is really the essence of corruption and it is unfortunately what we’re stuck with in Heilman, Land, and Horvath.