Idea Project: LA CITY - March 7th, 2017 Progressive CA Voter Guide

 Vote No on Measure S. Image Credit:  LA Times  

Vote No on Measure S. Image Credit: LA Times 

Eric Garcetti

Why? Because he’s been doing a really solid job. He’s defended LA’s immigrants, facilitated and supported our resistance to the Trump administration, has supported public transit, bike share, and other green infrastructure, has been an active supporter of LA arts.

  • City Attorney
    Mike Feuer
    (no other option)


  • Controller
    Ron S. Galperin
    (no other option)


  • Member of the City Council, 1st district
    Joe Bray-Ali

  • Measure H

Why? Prevent Homelessness for 30,000 People and End Homelessness for 45,000 People Across L.A. County.


  • Measure M

Why? Opens up for the Mayor and city council to start appropriate regulations for all areas of the commercial marijuana industry (right now there are only some narrow restrictions for dispensaries which applied before legalization in Nov 2016.)


  • Measure N

A more extreme measure than M; restricts the mayor and city council from amending the rules or modifying the enforcement measures.


  • Measure P

Will encourage investment which will help revitalize the declining San Pedro downtown area, and commercial development at the waterfront. This measure puts us on par with all major ports in California and creates 1M+ long-term jobs.

  • Measure S
    HELL NO!


  • People in favor of S having been massively misrepresenting the measure, particularly the impact on housing and low-income housing. S will have a huge, negative impact on the homeless and on affordable housing.
  • What they're saying is "we have to stop building luxury housing" but what it really means is that it will stop all new building, which will severely drive up the pricing of all existing housing.

  • Affordable housing measures almost always require general plan amendments; Measure S would permanently stop general plan amendments - which would cause loss of jobs and a huge economic impact.

  • No on Measure S still allows the City to move forward.

  • JJJ which we passed in Nov 2016 was an example of allowing development to go forward while making modifications.

  • We want to move forward with high-density planning, particularly near public transit.

Those Against:

  • Mayor Garcetti, ACLU, LA Board of Supervisors, LA Times, the Sentinel, and the Wave, Affordable Housing Association, homeless housing providers and advocates, organized labor, anti-displacement organizations, etc..



Los Angeles Community College District

Seat 2:
Steven Veres

Seat 4:
Dallas Denise Fowler

Seat 6:
Gabriel Buelna

Los Angeles Unified School District
Lisa Alva



This voter guide was prepared by the Idea Project Team: Cooper Bates, Harley Cross, Julia Jaye Posin and Aria McLauchlan, with special thanks to our contributors.

All quiet on the climate front...

All quiet on the climate front...

On the morning after American voters elected Donald J Trump to be their next president, I found myself sitting in one of the huge halls at COP22, the global climate conference in Marrakech, depressed and exhausted from watching the returns until dawn.

A Trump win means climate action is up to each of us

A Trump win means climate action is up to each of us

Trump has vowed to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement once in office, dismissing climate change as a hoax invented by the Chinese. He’s also threatened to regress domestic environmental policy, declaring he would completely remove the EPA, scrap plans to cut carbon emissions and repeal all spending on clean energy.

Be The Hummingbird

Be The Hummingbird

Wangari Maathai, the (late) Kenyan environmentalist and 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, was fond of recounting a children’s story she’d been told on a visit to Japan.

"A huge fire breaks out in the forest, runs the tale. All the animals are transfixed and overwhelmed by the conflagration. All but a hummingbird, that is, who resolves to do something about it."

Carbon offsets may be imperfect… but they’re perfectly good enough.

Offsets are routinely criticized, either because they encourage bad behavior by allowing us to feel guilt-free while burning colossal amounts of fossil fuels, or because of the pitfalls and complexity in vetting and implementing the offset projects themselves.

That said, over the years well-regarded organizations have been developing standards and certifications that help with a lot of the heavy lifting involved.

An Open Letter To My Fellow American Progressives.

To my dear, like-minded souls thinking about voting “anti-establishment this election.” Allow me this rebuttal:

Scenario 1: Not voting. This act/attitude is only available to the very oppressed or the insanely privileged (and you’re probably the latter if you’re reading this). Your vote up and down the ballot is **critical.** The supreme court judge, senators, and propositions that will make life better immediately for millions are all on the line. Millions would do anything for this right — don’t squander it!

Scenario 2: Voting for Jill Stein. Unless you are actively working year-round to take on the establishment and build new political systems, a third-party vote smacks of exactly the kind of national temper tantrum we are trying to avoid. You cannot assume that you know how this will pan out and that your vote for Hillary doesn’t matter. A stray vote in this election is much more likely to empower Republicans (whose ambitions, reminder, were amply evil before Trump came along).

Scenario 3: Promoting the idea that a Trump presidency will yield a revolution that makes it possible to undo the two-party system and incite “real” change. Stop it. Stop glamorizing civil unrest, hate riots, terrorism, getting nuked, and certain annihilation via climate change, while immigrants live in silence, black men die on the streets and women die at the hands of their partners in their own homes. This is not the history you want to write.

I understand your disgust and desire to disconnect from what’s not working, but please, I beg of you, don’t let it take you out of the game.In light of this hate-spewing, rape culture extravaganza — and countless other threats to our intelligence, goodness, security, and future — it is crystal clear to me that this Presidential election is no longer about choosing the “lesser of two evils.” With many thanks to Bernie and Millenials, Hillary is running the most progressive Democratic platform in history and it’s not all lip service. The welfare of millions of women and girls are at stake — and we know that when we empower and educate women, we improve the lives of all genders, across entire communities to the benefit and restorative care of the entire planet. Do not underestimate the ripple effect of a woman in office, no matter how hawkish or corporate she might be.

One more challenge, if you’re still with me :) It’s all too easy to look around and conclude with resignation, “well it’s all bought and paid for; it’s rigged and we’re f*cked” and start preparing for the zombie apocalypse. But guess what? That’s also taking the easy way out.

It takes a little something extra to grieve, rage AND hope, and to use that cocktail as fuel for any number of rebellious acts of peace and sovereignty that are available to us all right now.

You say you want a revolution? Grow some of your own food. Compost. Get off the grid. Cut your plane and car travel. Ditch plastic. Say no to fast fashion. Divest. Create not consume.

Any one of these actions will send out meaningful shock waves and do more to loosen the grip of the capitalist system on our lives (while not completely driving us off the political cliff)!

Register to vote. Phone bank for Hillary. Share this post. Talk to your friends. Your voice matters.