Angelinos Unite to Bring Truth and Today Launch “ChangeLANow.org”: Find out If Los Angeles' Mayoral Candidates are Lying at Change LA Now

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The city of Los Angeles is about to have a new mayor and being informed of every candidate is crucial to making the right decision for a better LA. Before casting a vote for mayor on March 5, 2013, the new website “ChangeLANow.org” will compile the five leading candidates and their real stance on the 10 most important issues to Angelinos.

After countless debates and being bombarded with political advertisements, concerned Angelinos at ChangeLANow.org, have sorted through the information to bring the hard working people of Los Angeles a clear cut view of the five leading mayoral candidates and their position on the top 10 most important issues to Angelinos.

The current 5 leading candidates in alphabetical order are Eric Garcetti, Emanuel Pleitez, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Wendy Greuel. The top 10 most important issues to Angelinos are the following:

1.    Monthly Utilities Bill:
Is the electricity bill for summer air conditioning and heating in the winter too expensive?
Who is most likely to stand up to the Department of Water & Power (DWP) and the Union Bosses to lower the gas, water, and electricity bill?

2.    Safety & Well Being:
LA Police Officers spend 2/3rds of their time doing paper work. That means that for every 9 hours of work, 6 of those hours are in the office and not in the neighborhoods.
The City of Los Angeles can double the time Police Officers patrol the streets and keep citizens safe by simply eliminating a bunch of unnecessary paperwork. Want to know which candidates want to do this and which ones want to raise taxes?

3.    Children’s Education & Safety at School:
Are Los Angeles children ready to join the workforce of tomorrow?
Only half of the students in the LA Unified School District (LAUSD) graduate. Discover what the candidates are saying behind closed doors, and find out who is most likely to use the power of the LA Mayor's office to clean up the LA Unified School District (LAUSD). With all the taxes that are paid, Angelinos deserve better.

4.    More Taxes:
Want to really know what a higher sales tax in the city will do to one’s Income?
Obama already increased Social Security Taxes by 2.2% in January. So instead of paying 4%, one now pays 6.2% (look at a Pay Check Stub). So, for example, if one makes $40,000 per year, the government is taking an additional $65.00 per month out of one’s pay check, and that is in addition to what one already pays. In total they are going to make one pay $780.00 dollars more this year, and now most of the candidates want to raise the LA City Sales Taxes. Find out who prefers to balance the budget, stop wasting tax dollars, and not increase the Sales Tax during these tough economic times.

5.    LA Traffic & Potholes:
How much time is wasted driving in LA traffic? And how much more maintenance does one’s car need because of LA’s horrible Freeways and Streets?
How much is an Angelino spending on high gas prices? More than half of the money spent on expensive gas is for taxes. These taxes are supposed to fix the freeways and streets, but because the city of LA is so over budget, they take these taxes and use them for “other departments”. Find out which candidates are ready to Change LA Now, and who will offer more of the same corruption.

6.    City Corruption:
Politicians are not Saints… but they are supposed to protect and serve, not fill their pockets with tax payer’s money.
Who is most likely to stand up for the citizens of LA? Find out who has the most experience and the best proven record of dealing with corruption and crime.

7.    A Balanced City Budget:
Do the citizens of LA get a raise every year to keep up with increased cost of living? Do Angelinos get to buy their children all the books, toys, and clothes they deserve? Do the citizens of LA go out to eat at expensive restaurants 4-7 nights a week?
Those are just some of the benefits LA City Officials have because they work for the city. If one wants a bigger house, or just needs to make minor repairs on their home, one has to save money and budget correctly (or else one can’t do it). Well not the City. They spend, spend, spend and spend some more. The way they try and balance the budget is by taxing and borrowing more and more money against the city’s future. Citizens of Los Angeles have to live within a budget, so should they. Discover who has the best plan to balance the city’s budget without fancy accounting tricks, without borrowing against the citizens of LA’s future, with no gimmicks, and without raising taxes.

8.    Pension Reform:
Is retirement guaranteed and secure? For the government workers it is.
Most Angelinos will have to work until they die. But if one works for the government, retirement can be early and be guaranteed to have a similar monthly income like one had while working. Guess who pays for government workers comfortable retirement? Yes, the Citizens of Los Angeles do. Everyone pays for the government employees’ nice and secure retirement. When elected mayor, who will have the most guts and use the power of the mayor's office to go around the corrupt city council and advocate for pension reform? Who is most likely not to make “secret back room deals” and fight to bring it to a vote, so the hard working citizens of Los Angeles can decide what is fair for everybody?

9.    Parking Tickets:
Ever gotten a parking ticket for parking at a broken meter, or in a spot not clearly marked as tow away? Surprisingly many don’t pay their expensive parking tickets.
LA City Parking tickets are some of the highest in the country. Studies show that more people would pay their parking tickets if three things were true: 1 – If the meters were working, and they didn’t make it back in time, 2 – If the curves and parking areas had clear and visible signs, and 3 – If as first time offenders, their parking tickets were much lower. Find out who plans to lower parking tickets so that the city can collect more money.

10.     Animal Services:
Own a dog or a cat... or a gold fish, turtle or other Pet?
No one wants to hurt nor mistreat, and definitely not unnecessarily kill any animal. Well, LA Animal Services is supposed to help protect, care, and properly work with the unsheltered animals within the city; and because the city of LA is bleeding money in so many departments, there hasn’t been any body around to audit and bring accountability to the LA Animal Services Department. The new LA Mayor needed is one that won’t let even the animals slip through the cracks. The new mayor needs to Change LA Now and ultimately bring real results.

Join neighbors, and visit ChangeLANow.org to receive a FREE Report on the Facts, and to Know the Truth before Voting on March 5, 2013. Find out what the LA TImes said today, and visit their headline on the LA Mayor's Race here.

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