PSL member running for Mayor of Los Angeles

The Party for Socialism and Liberation is a running a mayoral candidate in Los Angeles this coming year, 22 year old Carlos Alvarez:

Carlos is an anti-war activist and leader of the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism). He has helped bring tens of thousands of people to the streets to stop the Iraq war and most recently, to fight California’s bigoted, anti-LGBT Prop. 8.

Flyers and issue positions can be found at votepsl.org, the party’s online hub for its electoral campaigns. Alvarez joins another socialist, Socialist Workers Party member and former presidential candidate James Harris (IPR article here), as well 7 others in challenging incumbent Antonio Villaraigosa.

6 thoughts on “PSL member running for Mayor of Los Angeles

  1. Jerry S.

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  2. Catholic Trotskyist

    Something’s wrong with WordPress, but it’s actually posting the comments anyway.

    This PSL person sounds like an interesting person, but I know even some socialists in Los Angeles who support Villaragosa.

  3. Draiman for Mayor of LA

    Rebuilding Trust in Our Government (R)

    One of Americas statesmen stated “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” His presidency ushered in an era of disdain for government and a widespread cynicism that government could be effective in addressing our challenges.
    Today, as we confront a crisis that has shaken confidence in our financial system and economy, we have an opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in the legitimate role of government. Indeed, to effectively tackle our economic challenges and to implement the reforms we need in our healthcare, education, energy, and environmental policies, our government will need to garner strong public support. However, rebuilding public trust will not happen in the face of a pervasive perception that government is not transparent and accountable, cronyism is rampant, and public officials are more interested in helping themselves than in serving the public good. Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session. Create a Task Force on Public Integrity with a mission to develop a comprehensive proposal for ethics and lobbying reform in our city and state. Which addresses reforms in three areas: (1) strengthening enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws; (2) strengthening civil and criminal penalties for abuses; and (3) improving awareness and education for public officials. Reinforce honesty, integrity and transparency by government officials as the core requirement to be and stay in office, any violations of these core tenets will cause the removal of the public official and the loss of “all benefits” retroactive. I think we should consider putting public official on a base salary plus commission based on performance. While the many of our elected officials and government employees are honest, dedicated public servants, the actions of a few create a dark cloud over all. Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address these abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.

    Compiled by: YJ Draiman

    PS
    We need honest government with integrity and fiscal responsibility.
    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”
    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
    As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.
    Action speaks louder than words.

  4. Draiman for Mayor of LA

    Politicians should be paid commissions only – performance based compensation R1

    I say that politicians should be paid – compensated on a performance based via commissions only, for example on every tax dollar that they save. Example, if a politician cuts government spending 1 Million dollars, the tax payers would pay him X% of 1 Million.
    If it hits them in the pocket, they are going to be much more cautious how they spend our money.
    A politician running for office should reimburse any matching funds after the election.
    A politician should run the country like any non-profit corporation, with checks and balances, fiscal responsibility and not committing funds that our great grandchildren would have to pay.
    Any politician who violates the oath of office will lose his job and forfeit his benefits and pension.
    It is time we should hold our politicians accountable for their deeds and behavior, any deviation from honesty and ethics will be punished severely.

    Honesty, integrity and accountability is the motto.

    YJ Draiman, Energy/Utility Auditor

    Draiman is a candidate for the Mayor of Los Angeles

    PS
    We should not rush to give our money to foreign countries, if we do give, it is a loan and must be repaid; the loans should also be collateralized with real estate and assets of the receiving country.

    Value-based Management of the Government
    Value-based management makes an explicit link between a government’s strategic and operating decisions and their impact on the country and its citizen’s benefits. It does so in part by aligning politicians incentives with citizens’ interests.

    Politicians should earn the public trust, which, in turn, is based on openness and accountability. Excessive compensation, self-dealing and hidden agenda’s are detrimental to earning public trust.

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