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Los Angeles city controller candidates present policy positions

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By Kurtis Yan

June 2, 2022 1:14 a.m.

This year, five candidates are running for city controller of the Los Angeles city government.

The controller is tasked with conducting audits of city departments to ensure transparency and managing the city’s finances and expenditures. The controller’s office contains three divisions to fulfill its functions: audit services, accounting operations, and financial analysis and reporting.

The primary elections will be held on Tuesday, with general elections taking place on November 8.

Candidate Rob Wilcox dropped out of the race May 19 though his name will still be printed on ballots.

Stephanie Clements, assistant director and chief financial officer at the Bureau of Street Services

Policy stances

    • Homelessness

      • Work more proactively with the LA Homeless Services Authority and recognize that homelessness involves mental health and substance abuse issues

      • Properly assign responsibilities between city and county leaders to ensure accountability and efficiency

      • Housing prices

      • Ensure that Section 8 vouchers, which provide financial renters assistance for low-income individuals, are allocated properly and not wasted

      • Develop new alternative housing methods that are more cost effective and innovative, such as shared housing projects

      • Public safety

      • Incentivize the hiring of more police officers and firefighters

      • Work to decriminalize cannabis, expand access to cannabis dispensaries and reduce taxation on cannabis

      • Climate

      • Facilitate the transition to paperless processes to reduce waste and reform the recycling and waste disposal system

      • Monitor the progress of plans for LA’s Green New Deal

      • Transportation

      • Hold more regular street cleanings to ensure that sidewalks and roads are clear of trash

      • Jobs and economy

      • Divert gas tax funds to public projects, such as roads, rather than toward public employee benefits

      • Hire more workers from diverse backgrounds in LA by reforming civil service hiring techniques

      • History with City Politics

      • Interned under former City Controller Rick Tuttle

      • Served in the community development department and the city administrative office to manage bond programs

      • Served as finance director at the department of general services

      • Served as chief financial officer at the LA Fire and Police Pensions department

    Paul Koretz, Councilmember of the 5th Council District

    Policy stances

    • Homelessness

      • Continue financing the construction of new housing units and facilities and continue carrying out the 10-year Comprehensive Homeless Strategy, which seeks to reduce homelessness through various policy proposals

      • Work to address homelessness among vulnerable groups, particularly veterans, through strategies such as ensuring rights to eviction counseling

      • Housing prices

      • N/A

    • Public safety

      • Prioritize both domestic and wild animal welfare through various policies, such as supporting the existence of no-kill animal shelters

      • Climate

      • Support community-based solutions – such as the Cool Cities Challenge, which has set the goal of making LA carbon neutral by 2025

      • Transportation

      • N/A

    • Jobs and economy

    • N/A

    • History with City Politics

    • Former member of the West Hollywood City Council from 1988 to 2000

    • Served as representative of California’s 42nd State Assembly district from 2000 to 2006

    • Served as representative of LA City Council District 5 from 2007 to 2022 and has chaired the Audits and Government Efficiency Committee and Personnel, Audits and Animal Welfare Committee.

    Reid Lidow, mayor’s executive officer

    Policy stances

    • Homelessness

      • Promote a whole-of-government response, in which each department of the city government is delegated specific targets

      • Create a partnership between the city and Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) to improve outreach efforts to assist unhoused individuals

      • Housing prices

      • Create a rental housing database to track the number of rental units on the market and better understand housing affordability

      • Ensure that taxpayer dollars go directly toward the construction of new housing projects and implement a citywide parcel inventory system to identify current properties for transformation into housing

      • Public safety

      • Expand the controller’s help hotline to streamline the complaint service, such as for uneven sidewalks, abuse and business complaints

      • Climate

      • Facilitate the transition to 100% renewable energy in LA within the decade

      • Conduct a climate action audit to identify areas for fossil fuel divestment and renegotiate city contracts with businesses that do not meet climate action thresholds

      • Transportation

      • Expand streets to encourage use by pedestrians and cyclists

      • Cut down on the city’s departmental travel and reduce emissions by opting for other meeting mediums, such as virtual meetings

      • Jobs and economy

      • Track and eliminate unnecessary supply expenses and cut the gross receipt tax to help businesses stay afloat

      • Prioritize local hiring efforts, conduct diversity audits within city departments and prioritize financial and inclusionary efforts for Indigenous communities

      • History with City Politics

      • Worked as a communications officer, speechwriter and deputy press secretary for LA City Hall

      • Served as LA Mayor Eric Garcetti’s executive officer to counsel the mayoral departments and lead response efforts during the pandemic

    Kenneth Mejia, certified public accountant

    Policy stances

  • Homelessness

    • Audit exact funds going to anti-homelessness projects, locate properties for conversion into housing units and help directly connect unhoused individuals to social services

    • Assist those living in encampments by providing hygiene and healthcare products

    • Housing prices

    • Track rent prices, evictions and potential properties that can be converted into affordable housing units

    • Identify expiring affordable housing covenants and calculate the number of affordable housing units lost each year

    • Public safety

    • Formulate alternative police responses to encampments and criminalization ordinances

    • Climate

    • Eliminate fossil fuel drilling and provide the public with a detailed account of funds going toward climate action efforts

    • Audit Garcetti’s commitment to LA’s Green New Deal and the amount of city investment into fossil fuel

    • Transportation

    • Address and rework Garcetti’s transportation budget, such as reducing the costs of parking enforcement and citation processing

    • Jobs and economy

    • Ensure an equitable transition for workers in oil and natural gas industries as the city invests in renewable energy production

    • History with city politics

    • Joined the LA Tenants Union in 2016 to fight against housing, rent and eviction policies

    • Served as a neighborhood council board member for Koreatown from 2017 to 2018

    J. Carolan O’Gabhann, LA Unified School District teacher

    Policy stances

  • Homelessness

    • Address potential issues between city and county coordination in homelessness efforts

    • Housing prices

    • N/A

  • Public safety

    • N/A

  • Climate

    • Work toward the goal of zero carbon emissions and better prepare for natural disasters

    • Transportation

    • N/A

  • Jobs and economy

    • N/A

    • History with City Politics

    • Served on LAUSD’s Local School Leadership Council

    David T. Vahedi, litigator

    Policy stances

      • Homelessness

        • Report on the allocation of tax dollars toward homelessness and the number of unhoused individuals who move into and remain in permanent housing

        • Publicize accurate costs of constructing new housing and efforts to address homelessness

        • Housing prices

        • Use data analysis to accurately observe prices of affordable housing

        • Public safety

        • Track and reduce the time it takes first responders to reach the location of a call

        • Work with first responders, LAPD and LAFD to ensure the efficient usage of tax dollars

        • Climate

        • N/A

      • Transportation

        • Use data analysis to address key issues regarding traffic

        • Jobs and economy

        • Conduct audits and oversight on potential corruption within the city’s bureaucracy

        • History with City Politics

      • Conducted hearings on tax allocation as an independent auditor for various governmental agencies

      • Worked with state politicians to streamline the decision-making process of tax appeals

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