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|Los Angeles County, CA||November 5, 2002 Election|
By Richard W. Kendall-BellCandidate for Councilmember; Proposed City of San Fernando Valley; District 5
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Those living in our neighborhoods inherently know what's best for our neighborhoods.First and foremost: The main reason for this election stems from our human desire to have control over our own destiny. America's Founders were prepared to give their lives for this concept. Today, we are prepared to risk the difficulties that come from starting a new city from scratch.
Local issues for District 5 means, how we want to use our land; it means protecting open our areas, and maintaining our equestrian heritage. It means getting our tax money back into our our neighborhoods-not sending it downtown to LA, with it's fancy redevelopment zones, and millions of dollars going to build Staple's parking lots, or fountains for Library Towers.
My plan would include setting aside 5% of the New Valley City's Budget to go back to the districts, with discreationary spending proposals to come from neighborhood councils. Money that we no longer pay to Los Angeles could go back into the Districts-Just think what small district areascould do with an extra $10,000,000.00 per year. It could mean more police, more parks and park programs, more street repairs, and city beautification. All of this would be above and beyond basic city services! We would decide what's important to our neighborhoods, not those guys 20 miles away in a large City Hall building with 8 security guards watching the front.
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