Want my Vote? Pass this Five-Question Test!
I don’t know about you, but this last round of econocraziness in Washington has made me rethink my politics. And it has caused me to reaffirm a few of my values. When I vote for the next Los Angeles candidate, I will be using a test to see if the candidate deserves my vote. See if you think the test makes sense.
1. What would you do to create jobs? No, I don’t mean this generally. I mean, would you refurbish LAX? Would you pave a road? Would you improve the workflow at the DMV? Even better, would you make the DMV open every day of the week? Would you woo back the headquarters of major US firms? I want specifics.
2. What would you do to make taxation fair? I don’t know the answer to this, but I DO KNOW that we need to add taxes for those who make more than $1 million dollars a year. To me, that seems like a no-brainer.
3. How will you improve education? California used to have a great University System and pretty good public schools. Now we are rival states for the worst public schools in the country. What would you do to reinvent our failing system?
4. How will you promote innovation? This is the 21st Century – LA is relying on tourism to provide a major source of income and jobs. Come on. Can’t the UCLA graduates we are turning out do something more than lead tour busses that pass Adam Sandler’s house? What ideas do you, as a proposed “leader” have to put Los Angeles on par with innovation in the Bay Area? Innovation is tied to job growth. Have you, Mr./Ms. Candidate, noticed that Los Angeles is in the bottom of the metropolitan areas in regard to employment and the Bay Area is on top?
5. Do you KNOW the region? During the last race for governor, I asked a candidate what would be done for the LA Region. The answer: “Isn’t UC Irvine in the LA Region? I’d give UC Irvine more money.” Really? You just failed passing my checklist. I’d make sure any candidate for any position in California knew SOMETHING about the LA Region.
In this test, there is no “free ride.” Our region depends on the right answers.