eric jon Schmidt west hollywood City council 2019

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I WILL OWE FAVORS TO NO ONE. MY HANDS WILL BE CLEAN. IT'S TIME TO STOP THE PAY FOR PLAY BETWEEN DEVELOPERS AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.


EVEN FARMERS KNOW THAT THEY NEED TO ROTATE THE CROPS EVERY FEW YEARS TO KEEP THE SOIL HEALTHY AND GET OPTIMAL GROWTH...IT'S TIME TO ROTATE THE CROPS ON CITY COUNCIL AND GET SOME NEW, FRESH, DIVERSE, ENERGETIC LEADERS TO REPRESENT US. IT'S TIME TO REMOVE THE ROOT ROT IDEOLOGY, SHINE SOME SUN LIGHT ON AND AIR OUT THE CITY COUNCIL WITH THE GOALS OF ACCOUNTABILITY, INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY.


I believe in taking care of local issues and minding our own business. Our Residents should always come first.


Please write to me at:

erikjonerik@gmail.com



I believe that the entire current City Council  should  be replaced in the next two elections , except for two members. Too many scandals, apathy toward Residents, reckless spending and petty in-fighting. They are tired, indifferent, ineffective, bought and paid for by developers and they don't listen to the concerns of the Residents and couldn't care less about the Quality of Life for people who live in West Hollywood.


They have lost touch with local issues. They have become more concerned with National and International "pet projects" and drawing attention to themselves rather than taking care of the issues of West Hollywood. We need Leadership who is grounded and can bring West Hollywood Back to West Hollywood.


I also believe that the City Manager should be transparent with everything he does and start making  Directors and Commissioners accountable to the Residents. He has lost control of his Staff and as a result, very little gets accomplished for the Residents. He has become very complacent and smug. The Residents need to make a decision if spending $500,000. a year on his salary is worth it. He doesn't even live near West Hollywood, so why would he care? He goes home to Pasadena every night.


I also believe that the Director of Public Safety should be replaced. Crime is up by 25%. Crosswalks are not suffiently safe, they are not well lit, they are not consistent city-wide. There are not enough public cameras. Pedestrians are not safe from scooters, bikes and skateboards on the sidewalks, just to name a few items of concern.


We need a Sheriff sub-station on the Eastside and emergency phones located across  the City so that callers in need of help will get through faster and their location would instantly be known to dispatch. We need Deputy foot patrol on the Major Streets to better interact with Residents and visitors. This would also improve response time to incidents and would be a great crime prevention measure.


The budget and payroll need  comprehensive reviews to eliminate wasteful spending so that the City would have the money to make it a Safe City


I have lived in West Hollywood for almost 20 years. I love this town and I want to help keep it from drastic change from over-development,  Increased Crime and more Traffic Congestion.


I am a Renter and I will be a Strong Advocate for Renters who make up 80% of the Residents. I will be the first Councilmember in the history of West Hollywood to suggest a rent decrease. I will make sure that Landlords maintain their properties and make repairs in a timely manner and all building codes enforced. I also do not believe that it is right to pass  any of the cost of retrofitting onto Tenants and I heavily encouraged the City Council to not do that through letters and at Council meetings.


Staff Members who don't live in West Hollywood Make the important decisions about the lives of the Residents while the current City Council doesn't question those decisions.


I will also be a Strong Advocate for Public Safety.


There is a serious Public Safety situation in West Hollywood. There is no consistency in crosswalks, Not enough Deputies on Patrol, Slow Sheriff response times, Sidewalks are unsafe because of scooters, bikes and skateboards. The Crime  Rate is up 25%. We have a City Council who shows very little concern about Public Safety and Renters Rights (80% of Residents). Their main concern is catering to Developers to make it less affordable to live in West Hollywood.


My main concern is the Residents, not the developers or business owners, you will always come first if I am elected to City Council. I know I will be able to effectively work with whomever else is on the new City Council  in a respectful and civil manner to get things done and I am willing and eager to listen to the other Council members and negotiate what is best for the Residents.


Accountability, Integrity, Transparency.


Public Safety, Renters Rights, Campaign Contribution Reform, City Budget Review, Homelessness, Overdevelopment....These are just a few of the issues for which I will be a strong advocate.


I promise to go the extra mile for the Residents of West Hollywood. You come first. I will hold "Town Hall Meetings" on a regular basis to listen to your concerns for more than two minutes at a time at City Council meetings as happens now. Every Decision I make on City Council will be done without fear or favor. Developers will no longer make the decisions that Council Members should be making. Being a City Council Member will be a full time position, not a secondary way to make money. My Primary purpose will be to represent you with the Residents' best interests being the most important goal.


My Decision to run for City Council was made with Serious and Lengthy thought. For two years, I studied West Hollywood, It's History, It's Issues, It's future. I also thought about ways in which I could help contribute in a progressive manner to make West 

Hollywood the Best it can be without losing it's Identity through Accountability, Integrity and Transparency. Three concepts this City has never seen.


As a longtime renter in West Hollywood, I will be a strong advocate for Renters. 80% of West Hollywood Residents are Renters. We are treated like Second Class Citizens. I will work hard to change that. I will make sure that building codes are enforced, landlords are being held accountable and that rent control is just that.


I will make sure that City Management, Code Compliance Management, Rent Control Management are all held accountable and every action they take made public. I believe in transparency.


I will establish a "slumlord" task force for Renters deal with their landlords. I will advocate for a Tenant Defence Fund provided by the City which would provide free  Attorneys to low income Tenants who are dealing with slumlords.


Once I realized the vulgar  amount of "Pay for Play" among the City Council and Developers, (the City is Owned by the Out-of-State Campaign Donors). I knew that in order to preserve West Hollywood, We needed new Leadership.


And most recently the DA has determined there isn't enough evidence to Charge Ed Buck in the Death of Gemmel Moore. Buck, a Meth Pusher provided the lethal dose to Gemmel Moore, who died on a mattress in the living room of Ed Buck's apartment in West Hollywood. Ed Buck made donations to every City Council Member, except Lindsey Horvath. None of those who took money from Ed Buck returned it or helped in any way to investigate the death.


Gemmel was Black. I believe if he was White, Buck would be behind bars right now. 


The City Council and Management is also making it too expensive for medium to low income people  live In West Hollywood. They recently made the highest rent increase in years. They don't care that 80% of Residents are renters. They just want to force them out of their buildings so they can take money from developers to build new buildings with high rent. 


Right from the beginning, I wanted to do it without taking a dime from donors, which is another thing that has never happened. I want every Vote on City Council Issues I make to be Unbiased and I don't want to owe donors favors.


I love West Hollywood. It has been my home for over 20 years. But, It seems that the City is going down that road that many small towns do.

 

They grow too fast, lose their identity and become just another town. Plus every year it seems that the Gay community is slowly taken over by people who would like to see West Hollywood as a Straight town. I love the Diversity we have now among many different people. We are known to be inclusive of everyone . I would not want that to change.


Weho is Unique. We need to protect that Village feel and keep our Pride. It is apparent that we need new Energy on City Council and not allow the developers to take over and change our Village.


It is My opinion that many of  the Current City Council Members are Apathetic and out of Touch with the Residents. Some of the The Council Members cling to the Council for the Kickbacks and Gifts from developers.


I believe that The City Council is Clueless about the Residents and what they want for our City. But, they sure know what the Donors and Developers want. Almost 50% of Residents are under the age of 40. The City needs some Young, Fresh, Informed Leadership who think about our future and not the "Old School" ways of Whoring Out the City for Personal gain.


The following are six Major points of concern, but please read my entire Platform.


1. Comprehensive Budget Review.

2.  Improve Public Safety.

3. Campaign Contribution Transparency.

4. Protect and Enforce Renters Rights.

5. Effectively Address Homelessness.

6. Slow the Development and Growth of the City.


I will not take any Campaign Contributions or "Gifts" so I will not Owe Anything to Anyone. I have no Campaign Funding Affiliations with Corporate Entities.


As a Member of The West Hollywood City Council, I will be Available during Normal Business Hours to listen to Concerns of Residents and to help resolve Resident issues.


Almost 80% of West Hollywood Residents are Renters. I am a Renter. I will be a Strong Advocate for Renters. Please see my page regarding Renters.


I sued my Landlord on Larabee and I prevailed. I was Plaintiff in Pro Per, which means I represented myself. I did everything myself (including deposing my Landlord and a Neighbor for 8 hours each). I Studied the Law and worked hard right up until Jury Selection at which point we settled out of Court. The Landlord knew he would not win in Court. I was very prepared for Jury Trial.


THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME OF MY IDEAS FOR WEST HOLLYWOOD:


Increased Attention to Public Safety and Crime. We have good Law Enforcement, We just need better Communication, Interaction with Residents and much more Transparency to build a stronger mutual Trust and Respect. More and better Civilian Training regarding recognizing potential criminal behavior and how to prevent it.


Advocate for a Sheriff's Sub-Station on the East Side. Not only would it's visibility reduce Crime, but It would make it easier for Eastsiders to file reports and get to know the Deputies. It would not have to be a big Sub-Station. Just one holding Cell until  the accused can be transported to the main Station on SVB. There are many available retail places on the corner of SMB and LBA.


Build a new main Sheriff Station to replace the one on SVB. Sheriff Personnel have said the current station is  inadequate.


Better and Complete Crosswalk Safety Improvements with City-wide Consistency. It's a big mess right now.


Increased Sheriff's Deputies to match the Population growth in West Hollywood.


Support Undercover Sheriff's Deputy Task Force, made up of Specially Trained Officers, to infiltrate drug sources and address the ever-increasing Addiction and Substance Abuse Problem


More recognition for the Fire and Rescue and Sheriff Personnel in West Hollywood. A Day of Appreciation.


Increased Medical and Housing Assistance for the Homeless in West Hollywood.


Improved Comprehensive and Free Public Transportation Program for West Hollywood Residents. West Hollywood Residents Should ride for Free, To encourage less car traffic.

Examine Transfers and walking distances between Bus Stops. No one should have to walk more than a few blocks to get to their next bus.


Initiate City Employee Payroll Review. West Hollywood Employees Should Receive Salaries & Benefits that are In Parity with Other Similar Jurisdictions.


Programs Providing Services for: The Elderly; Those in Low Income Categories & The Disabled need to be Expanded and Improved.


Build more Senior Citizen housing using Triangle Square in Hollywood as a model.


Increased West Hollywood Focus and Better Access to help for Those dealing with Addictions.


Increased AA, NA, OA availability of meeting spaces, which are easily accessible and at more frequent times of the day and night.


Increase Social Opportunities for Young People and Assistance for Youth to find Meaningful Volunteer Opportunities.


Advocate to bring the Book Fair back to West Hollywood.


Increased Positive Development of the East Side, limiting Overgrowth and providing “Quality of Life” improvements.


Traffic Slowing on Streets made Dangerous by excessive speed and heavy Pedestrian use.


Increase Low Income Quality Affordable Housing.


Re-Visit “Rent Increase Tables” for All Citizens of West Hollywood, especially for The Disabled and Low- Income Residents.


Enhance Safety in Parks and Public Spaces for Children and Families.


More Free Physical Fitness Classes and Seminars for Residents. Free Seminars and Classes regarding Nutrition and Healthy Eating.


Increased Assistance and Affirmation for the Transgender Community.


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I will work Full Time to Listen to Resident's Concerns, Ideas and Suggestions and Respond in a Timely Manner, Working Closely with City Staff without any Donor Influence.


The Residents Matter. You Matter. Major Campaign Donors are not as important as the Residents. You come first.


Please contact me with your Concerns, Ideas and Suggestions. If you would like to meet with me to discuss your concerns, please contact me to schedule a meeting. I would love to hear your opinions and ideas.


erikjonerik@gmail.com


The City of West Hollywood  would have enough money to accomplish all the issues on My Platform by cutting some of City Staff Payroll in half.


Our City Manager (who doesn't even live in West Hollywood) is paid more than $400,000. a year with two Deputies who each are paid nearly $300,000. a year.


The person in charge of Rent Control is paid over $200,000. a year. The person in charge of Public Safety is paid over $300,000. There are dozens of examples of grossly overpaid people.


The Mayor of LA is only paid $200,000. a year. Our Governor is paid less than $200,000 a year. The President of the United States is only Paid $400,000. a year.


Many of the "City Directors" of West Hollywood (with 37,000 Residents) would have to take a pay cut to be Governor of California.


West Hollywood is paying Directors and Managers double and triple the money they should be for much of it's staff. I will work hard to put an end to that and use that money for the Resident's of West Hollywood. While I am a Strong Supporter of Unions, I am not afraid to Challenge them when they abuse their authority. I believe a solution can be worked out which benefits everyone equally.


There are thousands of qualified People out there who would do the Jobs for half the money and twice the Performance.


There are many hard working Staff members who earn their pay and should not be subject to a pay cut. In some cases, they are underpaid. The fact is, Our City Could not operate without their hard work and devotion. They are very much appreciated by the Residents, but the Management needs to step up and  be more supportive.


Please take a few minutes to read all 35 pages on my website. They are short pages, but very informative.


Thank you very much for your time.


Eric Jon Schmidt


Accountability, Integrity, Transparency

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