EPISODE 36 – GARCETTIVILLE

In our 36th episode, listeners meet Lettwrs, a graphic designer based in Koreatown who just helped launch Garcettiville, a new website and initiative documenting Eric Garcetti’s broken promises as mayor of Los Angeles over the last seven years. We talk about how social media has utterly transformed the way in which communities engage with politics, especially in forms and on a scale that the political establishment couldn’t ever have anticipated, as well as mutual aid work for unhoused folks with and by Ktown For All, and how listeners can support such work or related initiatives in Los Angeles. Follow Ktown For All at @KtownforAll. And find Lettwrs’ graphic design work at @cantypelettwrs.

J.T.

J.T. The L.A. Storyteller Supports Calls to Block Garcetti this Winter

As Los Angeles enters the 2021 winter season, a new initiative known as Garcettiville is calling for Mayor Garcetti to be blocked from a potential appointment to the incoming Biden administration’s cabinet following reports that his name may be on a short-list for secretary of transportation, or possibly even for secretary of housing. Yes, you read that correctly.

In addition to daily protests led by Black Lives Matter and GroundGame-LA calling for the mayor to ‘be kept in’ L.A., the Garcettiville website is accepting submissions from L.A. residents as to why the mayor should not be allowed anywhere near a public office, let alone a national one, for which the last two decades have shown would lead to nothing short of a complete dereliction of duties.

After nearly 20 years as an elected official, starting in 2001 as a council member for District 13 in Los Angeles, and then since 2013 as mayor, under Garcetti’s leadership the city of L.A. is on track to landing more than 50,000 bodies on its streets and sidewalks within the next year alone, even while there are tens of thousands of luxury housing units in L.A. that can be commandeered in lieu of expanded powers for mayors due to the emergency presented by the pandemic, but which have just sat there aimlessly, accumulating nothing but dust.

This is because while Garcetti has done everything in his power to open up the city for business, that is, for bcaig banks and transnational corporations, he’s done it by no less than trading in the rights of workers, immigrants, and Black Los Angeles to live in a more equitable city. Despite myriads of protest, civil rights advocates, and other leaders calling for him to do better, the mayor has proven unwilling to serve as an actual mayor for every resident who actually resides and pays the taxes which fund his salary each year.

As a result, whether Garcetti leaves office in 2021 or 2022, by almost every measure, since the start of his tenure in 2013, Los Angeles has become a poorer, more unhealthy, and ultimately more hostile city towards its working-class communities, which will take decades to undo.

This is also not just a viewpoint from the “radical” left. In 2017, professor Philip Alston, assigned by the United Nations as a Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said of his visit to Los Angeles:

“In June 2017, it was reported that the approximately 1,800 homeless individuals on Skid Row in Los Angeles had access to only nine public toilets. Los Angeles failed to meet even the minimum standards the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sets for refugee camps in the Syrian Arab Republic and other emergency situations.”

The writing is on the wall, and people all over the world can see: Garcetti is not fit to serve in any public office in Los Angeles, let alone a national one in Washington D.C. Visit the new Garcettiville website and tell your side of the story regarding why this elected official is not fit to serve Los Angeles, let alone cities all over the United States over the next four years.

J.T.

EPISODE 35 – ALBERT CORADO FOR COUNCIL DISTRICT 13

In our 35th episode, at bonus speed for the long holiday week, we touch base with Albert Corado, of Atwater Village, who just recently declared his candidacy for the 13th council district seat (CD-13) up for election in 2022. Albert explains to us how the unthinkable tragedy of his sister’s loss at the hands of LAPD has led him to run for office, how he believes every police officer should be held accountable for wrongdoing against communities, and why he is firmly of the mind that the next council member for CD-13 should be a person of color. A can’t-miss session for listeners, especially those most attentive to issues of civil unrest over this extraordinary year. And follow Albert’s campaign on social media at @ALforLA2022.

J.T.