Spotlight on a Candidate – Jesse Creed CD 5



Jesse Creed is a progressive candidate, trying to bring a new generation and new style of politics to the Los Angeles City Council.He has taken the bold stance of not accepting any contributions from Developers or Lobbyists, as he tries to end the Pay to Play culture in City Hall that has mired the City Council.Jesse moved to Los Angeles when he was young, after his family was displaced by a bankruptcy and lost its home.  He lived in 8 homes over 8 years and attended 6 different public schools.  Despite these challenges, Jesse graduated top of his class from Palisades High School, top of his class from Princeton University, and in the top 1% of his class from Columbia Law School, where he taught constitutional law.  After Law School, Jesse moved to San Francisco to clerk for Judge William Fletcher on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  While in SF, Jesse accomplished his dream of becoming an American Citizen.In 2013, Jesse moved back to LA with his wife Mia. Jesse believes that the two biggest issues facing the City of Los Angeles is the homeless crisis and the pay to play culture at city hall.He is currently working on the Community Veteran Engagement Board as an Obama appointee to institute reforms to the West LA VA Campus.  This is the largest project in the city to bring housing for veterans, with 1200 new units.
While Councilmember Paul Koretz began his career as a progressive candidate, his last term in city council has been entirely self-serving. Due to his general lack of oversight and blatant disregard for the concerns of his constituents, rent prices have skyrocketed and homelessness is on the rise across the district. Instead of implementing sound measures to provide more affordable housing, he spearheaded a city council bill to ban individuals from sleeping in cars, thus forcing those without homes back onto the streets. Koretz’ campaign messaging has also shown just how out of touch he is in regards to societal priorities in 2017.One of the most uncomfortable moments of his campaign thus far was an attack line against his opponent Jesse Creed, where he implied that Creed was unqualified to run since he chose to not participate in the voting process. Creed emigrated from Canada with his family at a young age and wasn’t naturalized as a citizen until 2011 (even though he grew up primarily in the district), thus he could not legally vote in prior elections.The  xenophobic attack on his opponent shows not only his lack of common sense to actually check his information, but his rather distasteful attempt at marginalizing Creed because he is an immigrant.Koretz has come to rely deeply on lobbyist money to fund his campaign. He repeatedly votes against his own constituents who have openly voiced their opposition time and time again. We wish to see an end to this localized form of “Pay to Play” politics.Koretz is also the leading voice in city council against food trucks, which he has described as being “a nuisance”.   Food trucks bring a sense of diversity to a region of the city that is overwhelmingly white and improve local economies, often leading to these truck owners establishing successful brick and mortar shops in those same communities.
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