Los Angeles City
Elections – Primary Tuesday March 5, 2013
The Los Angeles City Elections are a golden opportunity
to effect change in our city. On the
ballot are individuals who can deliver the promise of efficient, transparent
government. We also have the same old
names that have led our current slide into corruption and possible city
bankruptcy. The GRIP voter election
guide is the result of carful research, candidate interviews and the
principal of supporting the most qualified non-incumbents. Candidates moving from previous elected
office are not supported unless they have clearly achieved success and
Controller – Ron Galperin or Cary Brazeman
District No. 1 – Jose A. Gardea
District No. 3 – Joyce J. Pearson
District No. 7 – Jesse David Barron
District No. 9 – David Roberts
District No. 11 – Tina Hess
District No. 13 – Emile Mack or Sam Kbushyan
District No. 15 – No Recommendation
Member of the
Board of Trustees, Seat No. 2 – John C, Burke
Member of the
Board of Trustees, Seat No. 4 – Jozef “Joe” Thomas Essavi
Proposition A – NO
B - NO
GRIP means Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians
GRIP is a simple means to effect change. This idea is not aligned with
the right wing or the left wing, with Democrats or Republicans. For
years the two party system has been bankrupt.
They are two sides of the same coin. There are plenty of ideas on how
to fix things but GRIP is not about ideas that will be shot down due to
differences of opinion.
The best idea is to think, vote and Get Rid of Incumbent Politicians.
From city to county to state to national government, politicians are making
back room deals to enrich their friends and get re-elected. It's time
to end this.
We want to preserve and expand the promise that anyone can get as much and be
as successful as they want. But they have to work for it. The government is
not going to give it to you. Given the choice of continuing to live in
a country that over taxes its citizens and squanders our resources on
political corruption or choosing to fight to preserve the ideal United States
we grew up believing in, we will be patriots.
We don't need to fight and die to change things. We just need to GRIP.
The current 2-party system is flawed, stale, and hopefully dying. Party
candidates are selected and elected by voters along party lines without
debate. There are a multitude of issues and multiple viewpoints on
every issue. That cannot be neatly summed up as Democrat or Republican.
We need change in the way things are done in politics. Large
corporations and special interests get their way in politics and regular
Americans and small businesspersons have to take what the politicians decide.
Our representatives get elected and they become the junior assemblyman,
congressperson or senator. They go to Washington and get trained on how it's
done by the senior career politicians who are protecting their careers and
not representing us. We can change this if everyone votes. Listen to
the candidates' debate the issues. Vote on the best non-incumbent
available. Be skeptical of familiar names that are just moving up
the political chain to higher office. Get honest people who believe in
An argument can be made that you can't just get rid of all incumbent elected
officials. We say why not! Name 5 elected officials who are SO WONDERFUL that
they must be returned to office. In those rare circumstances go ahead and
vote for the best choice even if they be an incumbent.
A vote for GRIP is a vote against the current state of politics and the
2-party system. Get a GRIP on our country.
Financial Reform has nothing to do with fixing what was wrong with the system
that led up to the crash. It does have to do with Congress doing a dance for
the voters so that they can go home and claim success. If nothing else,
it is clear that Barney Frank, Christopher Dodd and Maxine Waters have no
clue what the root cause was. Instead, they have legislated loan
underwriting standards that are already in place. Imagine no more
sub-prime or stated loans! Is that news? The big banks came away
relatively scot free because they had lobbyists to water down the bill.
I voted for Obama and felt the great promise of feeling that I would actually
have a government that was on MY side and was there to help me. This
was a never before felt feeling. This is what government should
be. That feeling is gone as Obama has morphed into a politician.
We need so much more change to make this country great.
One suggestion: There needs to be a test on any proposed legislation
and elected officials must sign an affidavit that they have read and
understand proposed legislation before they are allowed to vote on a bill.
Is being anti-corporate corruption more a Democratic or Republican
principle? Is being anti-government waste... Is being for a strong
military so we can defend ourselves and live forever without war touching
American soil... Is that Democrat or Republican?
Fear is being used as a tool of manipulation in our society. It's how
politicians peddle policy. Let us tell them; you're not there (in office) to
worry about getting re-elected, you are there to represent us and to fix
It doesn't matter what your political ideology is. If you are a true blooded
American who believes in the ideals of the founding fathers, don't call you
congressman, just GRIP!
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