You're not alone-we do too. But we also believe it doesn't have to be this way. And we have a plan. This city is ours, and now it's time to take it back.
Studies show that the vast majority of Angelenos do not believe change is possible in our city. And we can understand why. Most of our failing city leadership has been in office for decades, cycling through public paychecks for their own personal ambition. They were elected to represent 300,000 people but only got 12,000 votes. Meanwhile, homelessness has tripled and affects every neighborhood. Crime is skyrocketing. Rent is up 63%. City leaders tell us what we want to hear, yet it takes ten years just to get a crosswalk. But there is good news.
Change comes only when we believe it is possible, and when we collectively demand it. So we’re building the largest grassroots coalition of everyday Angelenos in the city-a group too big to be ignored. A group that represents what the people of this city have to say, not what slogans politicians want us to hear. A group that can mobilize to support real, practical solutions and candidates who will bring concrete ideas that work.
Want to talk about policy? Us, too! But we can’t start talking about policy when most of the city doesn’t believe that change is possible.
Don’t want to talk about policy? We get you. It’s hard to think about what to do with many crises facing us. It doesn’t have to be hard, and we can make real progress.
Regardless of your neighborhood, your job, or your political persuasions, we need to come together. All of us. Once we believe in change then we can have a real discussion about how we get to functional zero homelessness, how we keep our neighborhoods affordable, and how we make sure our city is safe and just.
Through outreach, forums, advertising, rallies, and more, we will make sure that the voice of the people is heard. This isn’t about what politicians have to say to you – this is about what you, the public, have to say to them. We are here to bring more voices to the table, and to amplify those voices in every aspect of city management.
That’s our goal. That’s our purpose. We are Rise Together.Donate
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Just 220,000 people voted for Eric Garcetti for Mayor in 2013. Most city council members represent almost 300,000 people but are elected with under 20,000 votes. 95% of the city doesn't vote.
In 2022, 1.2 million people will show up to vote - new voters will outnumber previous voters by a 2:1 margin. Which means we can take back the power of this city from people nobody voted for.
Homelessness is skyrocketing, with more than 70,000 people across LA. In fact, the city doesn't even know how many are living on the streets, or who they are.
We can house 50% of the homeless in 9 months, and 90% in 18 months, and prevent new people from becoming homeless by using solutions that have led to "functional zero" homelessness in 18 U.S. cities already.
LA spends over $30,000 a year on each homeless person but doesn't feed, house or clothe them. We're spending over $500,000 per unit on housing - more than it costs to buy a house.
Real solutions already exist in LA and across America that can house everyone-with mental health and other services, for under $30,000 per person.
Only 13% of our housing stock has been built in the last 30 years. We're not even building for 1991, let alone 2021.
We need to build 450,000 more units, and we can do it with updated regulations without disturbing the character of a single neighborhood or community.
City Council Members have virtually unchecked power, and virtually unlimited budgets to do what they want. Block business, block permits, bend people to their will.
We can mandate that no city council member represents more than 100,000 people, remove independent spending power, remove appointments power, and increase public transparency and accountability with the election of a Public Advocate.
Crime is skyrocketing out of control, with shootings, murders, and robberies up in double digits while the police and the DA fight each other instead of keeping our city safe.
Institution of the 2015 Department of Justice Community Policing recommendations can bring greater fairness and justice to our law enforcement while supporting those who do good, and driving crime rates lower.