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I have recently been endorsed by the LA County Democratic Party, the Sierra Club, the Southern California Chapter of the Americans for Democratic Action and GLAR (Greater Los Angeles Realtors). A vote for me is a vote for science, medicine, the environment and governance that honors fairness and participatory democracy.
Today, Sunday, October 18th between 4-5 PM, there will be a zoom fundraiser. It will be an "open agenda" theme asking participants what's on their minds. To get the zoom ID & PW, donate $10.00 to the PayPal account on the website. To have either pumpkin cider or ale delivered to your residence, donate at least $50.00 by 1 PM today. Update topics will be included in the discussion as well.
I have been a resident of Culver City for thirty years and have seen the changes it has gone through over time. First, I served as President of the Culver Crest Neighborhood Association and then as President of the Culver City Democratic Club. Currently, I am a delegate from assembly district 54 to the California Democratic Party and an executive board member of the West L.A. Sierra Club. As a physician, I have served as a board member of the Los Angeles Neurological Society for the last twenty years.
Culver City is located next to the largest urban oil field, the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF). It has been noted with release of toxic fumes in 2005, 2006 and spills during Thanksgiving 2018, culminating with pipes bursting on April 1, 2019. These have been due to aging infrastructure and I agree with the City's plan to undergo an amortization process and transform land use to one that generates renewable energy. I also agree with the plan to enforce a 2,500 foot set back from homes, schools, hospitals and churches. Exposure to toxic odors from oil wells is considered a pre-existing condition with regard to COVID-19 and the urgency to address this issue could not be overemphasized.
As we grow as a city with the relocation of Amazon, HBO and Apple, we can expect pressure points in our transportation grid. However, the stay-at-home order implemented during COVID-19 has taught us that working from home saves lives, mitigates traffic congestion and results in cleaner air. For the immediate future, we can expect that most employees of these technical companies will be encouraged to work from home. However, we must be prepared to decompress any anticipated transportation needs by providing a fleet of electric buses when the current crop of natural gas powered buses age out of the system. There can also be electric shuttles between the two Culver City subway stops and the far reaches of the City such as the Fox Hills neighborhood.
We must consider private-public partnerships with employers in solving the housing crisis for their employees, much in the way Google and Apple have done in N. California. The most cost-effective measure to address homeless residents who reside in their campers or trailers or cars is to provide them with safe parking places at night. To increase housing stock, the concept of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) must be expanded beyond the Culver Crest neighborhood to all other neighborhoods in the City.
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