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Helping Homeowners & Communities

In Accomplishments on March 2, 2009 at 7:12 am

As I have said throughout my campaign, the City and the people should be allies not adversaries. There must be less confrontation and more cooperation; less government by litigation, and more government by thoughtful legislation borne out of thorough, reasoned debate.

The City Attorney can make that happen. As City Attorney, I, Noel Weiss, will make that happen.

As a private citizen, I have been committed to doing what I can to make the system work better for the people, help bring the City together, and have our system better reflect its core social values and principles:

For Homeowners & Communities:

1.  Filing the first challenge to the SB 1818 Implementation Law to correct the political malpractice practiced by the City Council in passing and implementing the ordinance;

2.  Working with the Valley Village Community to fashion practical construction mitigation conditions and (contrary to what the City Attorney said was possible) negotiate (what I believe to be the first and only) affordable housing conditions as part of the tract map entitlement process where the community is empowered to enforce them, not just the City Attorney (a creative approach);

3.  Fighting to try to get AB 283 enforced by the Planning Department so that the zoning laws are in sync with the General Plan, Community Plans, and Specific Plans;

4.  Working with the San Pedro Community against the Pointe Vista project;

5.  Fighting for the Fairfax Community by getting the law changed to rezone neighborhood areas to incorporate height limitations on R-3 parcels so that the character and scale of neighborhoods is maintained;

6.  Working to advise Neighborhood Councils in Studio City, West Los Angeles, and Venice in an effort to try to get the zoning laws properly applied and the Councils better informed about the various options that exist;

7.  I have been a member of the Watts Gang Task Force since October, 2006. So I understand the problems of Watts. I also understand how pro-active, positive community action can bring down the crime rate (it is down 50% year over year in Watts). Included in that effort was persuading the City Attorney’s office to establish a protocol and mechanism whereby kids and adults can get off of gang injunctions and become productive members of their community.

What I have done in these examples is done all the time for the special interests who pay lawyers and lobbyists. But it has rarely been done (if at all) by a public policy advocate who has not been paid by anyone to advocate for a policy and has nothing personal to gain except the self-satisfaction of doing something positive, and leaving behind a positive legacy. This type of advocacy is what we should expect from our elected officials, and is the type of representation that I would continue as City Attorney.

 Isn’t it time that  Los Angeles had a City Attorney that is able to successfully fight for ALL Angelenos, and not just the special ones?

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The Platform

In City Policy, Uncategorized on February 15, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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Noel Weiss ( # 44 ) is running for City Attorney so the City returns to a positive course. Angelenos must have greater, meaningful input into what happens in and to their neighborhoods. Noel will make the system work for the people. Noel has a proven record of performance in working for our middle class and ‘the little guy’. The cozy relationships between the insiders and the politicians will end when Noel becomes City Attorney.

As City Attorney, Noel will:

1.  Encourage performance audits by the Controller every year;

2.  Publish a comprehensive year-end review which will clearly delineate the City Attorney’s budget, and how it is spent, including payments to outside counsel, litigation expenses, operating costs, and lawsuit payouts;

3.  Vigorously enforce billboard blight laws. I intend to be very aggressive on billboard blight and will support the broader public interest.

4.  Work closely with the Controller to put together a package of reforms which will protect whistle-blowers, preserve emails, and make public records requests of our officials a priority;

5.  Require that City documents be available to the public at least 3 days before any public hearing in front of City Council. I will also take steps to ensure that appellants in land use cases will have the final word at public comment to rebut the contentions of the Planning Department and the City Agencies often arrayed against them;

6.  Improve the Neighborhood Prosecutor program by teaming even more closely with business and task force groups. Together, we will shut down dozens of drug properties, put slumlords out of business, stop unlawful dumping, and attack graffiti.

7.  Organize a City Attorney Governance Task Force modeled on the Watts Gang Task Force and meet personally with citizens in each district on a revolving basis to shepherd ideas and develop a meaningful proactive agenda;

8.  Neighborhood Councils must be further empowered. I would use the City Attorney’s office to bring the common issues to the Council by issuing a City Attorney’s report reflective of these common concerns which would incorporate suggested practical and legal alternatives. Because a City Attorney’s report would result in the opening of a Council file, the City Council could then decide whether to hold hearings on such issues, both in Committee and before the full Council.

My Pledge is for Practical, Pro-Active, Positive, Progressive and Principled Governance.

ELECTION DAY IS MARCH 3, 2009

ABSENTEE BALLOT DEADLINE SUBMITTAL: FEBRUARY 24, 2009

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