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LOS ANGELES VOTERS' GUIDE | THE MAYORAL RACE

The Major Candidates' Views on Key Issues

April 08, 2001

Schools

Xavier Becerra

Stop busing children out of their neighborhoods; call an education summit to promote city-school collaboration; expedite the permit process to build schools faster.

Kathleen Connell

Streamline the permit process to build schools faster; create 60 charter schools over 4 years; start a preschool program for 4-year-olds and expand after-school programs.

James K. Hahn

Create a city/school construction authority to build schools; lobby Washington and Sacramento for money to expand after-school programs.

Steve Soboroff

Break up the school district and create a master plan to divide the district into 20 to 40 neighborhood districts to improve efficiency, accountability and parent participation.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Challenge parents to get involved with their children's education; provide more training for teachers; expand preschool and after-school programs.

Joel Wachs

Break up the district; expand arts curriculum; develop neighborhood councils to allow communities to hold school officials accountable.

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Economic development

Xavier Becerra

Create a small business team in the mayor's office to provide services for small businesses; reform the city's tax code; work harder to attract and retain companies in health care, high-tech, tourism, entertainment and trade.

Kathleen Connell

Create small city halls throughout the city to offer services and aid to small businesses; restructure the business tax code; create a tax appeals process for small firms.

James K. Hahn

Expand efforts to retain and recruit business; provide new resources to help medium-sized and small businesses; streamline city permits and other requirements for small firms; allow start-up companies a tax amnesty for two years.

Steve Soboroff

Double the size of Mayor Richard Riordan's business team; make it easier for small business to get permits and other things from City Hall; ease the tax structure; encourage companies to train employees.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Target underdeveloped areas of the city with jobs and businesses; pursue higher-paying jobs in growing industries; establish small business development centers aimed at cutting government red tape.

Joel Wachs

Provide economic benefits for businesses that provide quality jobs; focus on whole communities rather than individual projects or businesses; provide better sources of capital and more job training for employees.

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MTA / Traffic

Xavier Becerra

Expand Rapid Bus services and the DASH shuttle program to more neighborhoods; offer tax incentives to businesses providing flexible scheduling, van pools and telecommuting programs; drop the MTA's appeal of a federal lawsuit in which the agency was ordered to buy 350 buses to relieve overcrowding.

Kathleen Connell

Expand the bus fleet from roughly 2,000 to 3,000; use so-called smart buses, which would travel the east-west corridors and link up with fixed-rail lines flowing along the city's north-south spine.

James K. Hahn

Increase the MTA bus fleet; drop the MTA's appeal of a federal lawsuit in which the agency was ordered to buy 350 buses to relieve overcrowding.

Steve Soboroff

Convert major streets like Sepulveda Boulevard into one-way thoroughfares to speed traffic; place traffic officers at major intersections; ban construction on roadways during rush hour; use bond debt to pay for light-rail lines along the San Diego, Santa Monica and Ventura freeways.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Buy 850 buses for the MTA; cut the top bus fare to 50 cents; put 20 high-speed lines on main thoroughfares; drop the MTA's appeal of a federal lawsuit in which the agency was ordered to buy 350 buses to relieve overcrowding.

Joel Wachs

Reduce excessive development in high-density areas; improve bus system and reduce fare to 50 cents; resume 1984 Olympics-style programs such as banning street construction during rush hours; expand light rail.

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LAPD Reform

Xavier Becerra

Make one or two police commissioners full-time employees to strengthen civilian oversight; he favors federal consent decree and is inclined to replace Chief Bernard C. Parks.

Kathleen Connell

Increase mayoral oversight of the Police Commission to strengthen civilian control; she favors the federal consent decree, and would give Chief Parks 30 days to improve the department.

James K. Hahn

Give a full-time commission president a salary equal to the police chief's; he supports the federal consent decree, and is inclined to appoint Parks to a second term.

Steve Soboroff

Opposes full-time police commissioners, saying the money would be better spent on an independent inspector general; he opposes role of federal government in monitoring police misconduct, and is inclined to replace Parks.

Antonio Villaraigosa

Supports full-time police commissioners; backs the federal consent decree; would create civilian panel to review complaints against officers, and is inclined to replace Parks.

Joel Wachs

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