"Let me Begin by making A List of City Owners & Operators & John D’Amico’s Campaign Contributors ... I’ll ONLY List All Who are ALLOWED, INVITED, ACCEPTABLE CONTRIBUTORS to JOHN D’Amico’s Campaign:
CITY “OWNERS” & “OPERATORS” : Landlords * Property Owners * In-State Land Speculators * Out Of State Land Speculators * Resident Business Owners * Non-Resident Business Owners * Vendors To WeHo * Campaign Donation “BUNDLERS” Representing “Special Interests” * In-State Developers (& Their Campaign Donation “Bundlers”) * Out of State Developers (& Their Campaign Donation “Bundlers”) * Individuals * Billboard Companies (& Their Campaign Donation “Bundlers”) * Individuals With Past, Current Or Future Business & Interests Before WeHo * Lobbyists & Their (“Bundlers”) *
Eric Jon Schmidt’s Campaign List Of Allowed, Invited, Acceptable Contributors are: THERE IS NO LIST ... ABSOLUTELY NONE ... No Campaign Contributions Will Be Sought or Accepted!
John D’Amico listed many Areas Of Interest & Concern ... Issues That Are Important, Critical, Problematic, Unsolved, Not Adequately Addressed. Groups Of: Disabled, Disadvantaged, Under-Served, Addicted, ILL, Suffering, Aging, Poor, Homeless & Hopeless are mentioned.
I Have Had a Very Similar List, on my Campaign Website, wehoeric.com, for Months ... HOWEVER, I am NOT accusing John D’Amico of Plagiarism. This is ESPECIALLY SO, because I Offer “Solutions”! After All, Why Take A List Of “Needs & Problems” (Some that are as old as WeHo) & Not “Lift” The “Answers & Solutions” As Well.
John D’Amico has been on City Council for YEARS. Yet The Needs, Problems, Issues & Opportunities, He Lists, were there since He was “First-Sworn-In”. Much Time has passed ... hundreds of millions of Dollars have been spent ... many Meetings have been attended AND YET THE PROBLEMS ON THE LIST ARE STILL HERE. Some Needs are Now more Critical! Some Problems are getting worse and affect more Residents! Some Difficulties are becoming increasingly more unbearable for many more People.
Mr. D’Amico CAN ACCOMPLISH MUCH GOOD for The People Of WeHo, IF He Expends as much: PASSION, Effort, Talent, Conviction, Strong Argument, Interest, SUSTAINED & PROLONGED ADVOCACY on behalf of His Letter’s “LIST OF ISSUES”, as was done “Lobbying” For Scooters [even AFTER The City Council Decided To BAN “the mobility devices”, VOTING 4 to 1 D’Amico!] In All Fairness, Mr. D’Amico did A Much Better Job Of Representing & Advocating for The 2 Scooter Companies than did the Owner of 1 & the Rep. of the Other. Even pushing for another Vote “to allow Scooters” ... NOW That’s Persistence!
There is STILL TIME Council Member D’Amico. You have Almost 5 Months before The Necessary Qualifying “Signatures To Be On The Ballot” ARE DUE. If You Can HARNESS The PASSION & UNRESTRAINED ARGUMENT You EXHIBITED On “The Scooter Issue”, EVEN AFTER THE COUNCIL BANNED SCOOTERS, You just might get SOME OF THE “MOST SERIOUS CITY NEEDS” on “YOUR List” Taken Care Of.
There is an Old Saying Among Poker Players, that if You sit down at the Poker Table & YOU don’t know WHO The “MARK” is ... YOU’RE THE MARK!
I think in This High Stakes Governing Process of West Hollywood, Those Sitting at The Table Were “The Owners & Operators” & Those WHO TOOK THE MONEY FROM THEM.
Ordinary Citizens, EVEN IF THEY FINALLY GOT A SEAT AT THE TABLE, often Found Out Too Late That THEY WERE THE “MARKS”! The “WHALES/BIG MONEY” had already “MARKED THE CARDS” & “RIGGED THE GAME”! The “DECK WAS STACKED” & Winning Was So Often Out Of Reach! SOME VOTERS ARE TIRED OF BEING “MARKS”.
There is an increasing Political Position, Held by VOTERS, That It's Time "TO CHANGE THE DEALERS"!"
An Incumbent who takes Money from People who don't live in West Hollywood, but who do business in West Hollywood or a "Clean Newcomer" who has not been Corrupted by the "Pay for Play Racket"?
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