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CAMPAIGN 2001 | Los Angeles

Views on Key Issues

June 03, 2001

JAMES K. HAHN

SCHOOLS

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

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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

MTA / TRAFFIC

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; add more carpool lanes; improve the timing on left-turn signals; prohibit street parking on major roads.

HEALTH

Lobby state and federal governments to increase their share of health care funding; focus on outreach and using the bully pulpit to cajole business owners into giving their employees health insurance; use tobacco settlement money to improve health of city residents, including expansion of meal programs for seniors, elder care and day care.

LAPD REFORM

Give a full-time commission president a salary equal to the police chief's; support the federal consent decree; favor appointing Chief Bernard C. Parks to a second term.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Streamline the LAPD's hiring process; give 100 students $10,000 interest-free loans if they agree to serve in the LAPD after graduation; give police a three-day workweek to boost morale and recruitment; offer competitive pension benefits and increase longevity pay.

HOUSING

Commit a minimum of $100 million a year to the housing trust fund; create incentives to encourage developers to build low-income units on their own; pass ordinance that would require developers who destroy affordable units to replace them elsewhere.

OTHER

Both oppose efforts to create a new city in the San Fernando Valley and the current plan to expand Los Angeles International Airport.

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA

SCHOOLS

Call an education summit to promote city-school collaboration; advocate more teacher training; lobby Washington and Sacramento for money to expand after-school programs.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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.

MTA / TRAFFIC

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 relieve overcrowding; create reversible lanes on major street during rush hours.

HEALTH

Lobby state and federal government to increase their share of health care funding; support legislation to create a health insurance purchasing pool to bring down the cost for small businesses and subsidize premiums for their low-wage employees; spend an unspecified portion of tobacco settlement money to further subsidize the health care purchasing pool.

LAPD REFORM

Support full-time police commissioners; back the federal consent decree; create civilian panel to review complaints against officers; favor replacing Chief Bernard C. Parks

PUBLIC SAFETY

Fully reinstate the senior lead officer program; strengthen community-based policing; give police four-day workweek to improve morale and recruitment; create community centers at libraries, parks and schools to give children places to go.

HOUSING

Commit a minimum of $100 million a year to the housing trust fund; require developers who destroy affordable units to replace them elsewhere; collect fees from commercial and industrial developers to help create housing; require developers of market-rate housing to include some low-income units or pay a fee into the housing trust fund.

Sources: Los Angeles Times archives and candidates' Web sites.

Researched by MALOY MOORE / Los Angeles Times

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