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Los Angeles County, CA March 8, 2011 Election
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Why I'm Running and My Main Priorities

By Violeta Alvarez

Candidate for Council Member; City of Bell; 4 Year Term

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My name is Violeta Alvarez and I have lived in Bell since I left Mexico, 31 years ago. When I left Mexico and came to Bell, Bell was clean, there was no graffiti, we had a lot of stores and I felt safe walking around at any time. I think we can all agree that times are very different and the City needs a lot of improvements.

But the residents of Bell are strong and together we can make a Bell a place to live in, work in, and raise our families.

This is where I live, where I am raising my family, and where I plan to retire.

One of the things I love the most about Bell is its diversity and that's part of what makes us so strong. That is why I am running with such a diverse and talented team. One of my goals is to help bring together the different groups in Bell to work together to make Bell a city we can all be proud of again.

Like at work, I have been advocating for my community for the past 3 years. I gathered signatures for the recall, letters to make sure residents got property tax rebates, and I continuously try to encourage residents to participate.

My goals are:
1. To balance the budget without eliminating the few services we have.

2. Have a complete report on what the city owns and sell anything that is not making a profit and the money to lower our taxes.

3. I also want to make it easier for business to open in order to bring in revenue for services and create new job.

4. I want to improve access to government by posting public records online, holding workshops for residents on how local government works, streaming council meeting online, and holding office hours that are convenient to residents.

But I can only do this with you as my partners. I would be honored with your vote.

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