Thank you for supporting Wendy Greuel. Thank you for supporting our work and vision. And thank you for always standing with hard working people. Most of all, thank you for standing on the right side of history with us, which often puts you on the wrong side of a campaign's outcome.
We didn't get the result we wanted last night, but we're not giving up.
We're pledging to create a stronger middle class in LA. We're recommitting to fighting for working people. And we won't rest when hard working men and women are disrespected and vilified for political gain. We will always support candidates who share this vision and have the leadership and work ethic to help make it happen. This won't change.
And with friends and supporters like you we know that we can push for common ground so we can create common good. We still believe in an LA where business and labor, working people and social entrepreneurs, young and old, west side and east side can join together and create positive change for everyone in LA.
Thank you again. Our fight is long but with you standing shoulder to shoulder with us, we know victory is possible.
On Monday, March 25th, President Bill Clinton endorsed Wendy Greuel for Los Angeles Mayor. He joined Working Californians and an impressive group of supporters who stand with Wendy because she represents the right kind of leadership, experience and consensus building that LA needs. Read President Clinton's full endorsement below:
I’m proud to support Wendy Greuel for Mayor of Los Angeles.
Throughout her career, whether in the public or private sector, Wendy has been a smart, dedicated, and creative problem-solver. She knows how to make government work for ordinary people, and she’s been doing it for decades, not only when times are good, but especially during periods of crisis.
I saw this strength of Wendy’s first-hand in 1994, when she was a valued member of my administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development. When the Northridge Earthquake struck—causing so much loss of life and destruction—Wendy sprang into action. She helped deliver over a billion dollars in federal emergency aid to Los Angeles residents and worked around the clock to assist families who lost their homes.
In her many years of public service in Los Angeles, first in Mayor Bradley’s office, through her tenure on the City Council, and now as City Controller, Wendy has personified good, honest, and effective government, improving the lives of countless Angelenos while saving millions of their tax dollars.
And she’s not done yet.
Los Angeles is a great city with equally great challenges, so it’s vital that Angelenos elect a proven, creative problem solver to lead them. That's Wendy Greuel. I urge you to join me in supporting her for Mayor of Los Angeles.
Inequality in this country is worse than we tend to think it is. Watch this infographic video for a breakdown of wealth in America today. Now, more than ever, it's time to start paying attention and make changes that will lead to lasting job growth and an expanding middle class.
The US Census Bureau crunched some interesting numbers on LA neighborhoods and commutes (hat tip Curbed LA). When it comes to carpooling and public transportation riders, LA beats the national average. But with 72.3% of LA County workers driving alone and still commuting an average of 29.4 minutes each way, it's time keep building LA's public transportation system.
How do you commute now? Would you be willing to carpool or take public transportation to work if you don't already?
Boing Boing has a great interview with historian Matt Novak who argues that technological innovation is not shaped by “great men” but by many great minds who build off of and are inspired by each other's work. He says:
“Letting go of The Great Man paradigm has implications for everything from copyright law, to how we go about innovation today. When we focus too much on Great Men, Novak says, we lose sight of what innovation actually looks like ... and we impede our ability to build the future.”
Working Californians shares this commitment to collectively identifying innovative solutions that go beyond the bottom line and effect real and lasting change.