LA Election News G. Juan Johnson

(As filed with the Los Angeles city clerk at ethics/lacity.org as an email to registered voters)

Feb. 21, 2022

I appreciate your support for Mayor 2022.

Thank you so much for your unwavering support during my mayoral campaign. I remain the only candidate with a documented plan to reduce homelessness, combat crime, and restore LA to its former glory.

“A Critical Eye on Feuer – Re: LA Has Big Problems”, RLN, Nov. 25- Dec 15)

I have little faith in the “career politicians” in the crowded field of mayoral candidates like Mel Wilson, Ramit Varma, William R. Morrison, Asher Luzzatto, Evan Jasek, Sean Enright, YJ Draiman, Kevin de Leon, Kevin Dalton, Karen Bass, Joe Buscaino, Jessica Lall, and Alex Gruenenfelder. (See Wikipedia “2022 Los Angeles mayoral election”).

Candidate Mike Feuer and staff are missing in action when it comes to “governance, homelessness, safety, neighborhood neglect, and inequality.” He calls homelessness “pervasive” but that is hardly true if the homeless are less than 3% of the total population of LA County. What is pervasive is the lack of fiscal accountability under the Feuer reign. He has been characteristically silent about discrimination complaints leveled at housing and code enforcement employees. I sought the city attorney office help in 2015-2016 to help eradicate housing discrimination and retaliation by private and public entities. I got no assistance from Feuer’s office of 42 attorneys. I also sought his help recently on enforcing the city tenant anti- harassment ordinance.

Feuer proposals have not currently been implemented because Feuer is part of the problem, not part of the solution. There is little sense in creating more confusion by increasing the number of council districts. He has supported corrupt government policies. He lacks experience and honesty. (As published by Random Lengths News online December 22, 2021).

We need to spend more time investigating and holding liable those who are corrupt and racist in the Housing and Community Investment Department. We cannot fix Los Angeles unless we address the corruption, class bias and racial bias that exists in city government employees.

Various neighborhood councils have been accused of corruption and unlawful discrimination, over the years. Systemic racism is not a pie in the sky theory; it is racism caused by individual people who come together for a common unlawful purpose. Some of the residents who serve in neighborhood councils are city employees, who are supposed to be bound by the city Ethics Code. That is where the corruption starts.

As a former law enforcement officer, former mayoral candidate, and current LA County registered legal document assistant (LDA), I feel I have the experience to make a most effective mayor.

Housing Policies

Around 2020, a number of homeless advocates and individuals sued the city and the county to force the city and county to provide more housing. I read parts of that lawsuit. It states in part:
“People are perishing in the streets at a rate of three per day while the City and County of Los Angeles have tried but failed to stem this tide of human tragedy.1 The numbers alone are staggering. There are 58,936 homeless individuals in Los Angeles County (“County”) and 36,300 in the City of Los Angeles’ (“City”)—an increase of 12 percent and 16 percent from just the prior year’s count, respectively.”

I find it amazing that a city government would need to be sued to force it to provide housing. No doubt the current Mayor candidate Mike Fuere participated in defending the city’s position. The court would order the city to provide a certain amount of housing by a certain date and I believe ordered the city to spend specifically one million dollars, which order was overturned on appeal, I guess the city saying it did not have the one million. Ironically, after receiving federal monies on the backs of COVID victims, the city has now dedicated over one million to fight homelessness but I am sure no deadlines are in place.

We have the resources. We need leadership to make the right decisions. We need a moratorium on market rate housing apartments and condos until we meet the need for affordable and moderate rate housing. I support 80% mandatory affordable and moderate rate housing. I support deadlines for completion. I support greater accountability of the money being spent.

As Mayor, I will work to ensure that the rent control regulations, Home Sharing ordinance, and Tenant- Anti Harassment by Landlord ordinance, are more widely enforced so that landlords and tenants alike will have greater faith in local government’s ability to be honest and candid, and free of corruption and discrimination.

Thinking outside the box, why not put a tiny home on wheels over each tent encampments? It will make a new home for each occupant. A few days later, we wheel the structure away a few feet every week. Presto! It is done!

If as Mayor, I am told we need housing for 70,000 people, I will immediately order the purchase of 70,000 tiny homes. It is that easy. Problem solved.

Public Safety

I support more police officers being hired. I support community policing. I support more training of police officers in sensitivity and civil rights laws

especially the state Unruh Act.

Economic development

I support more funds devoted to the financing of small businesses, including grants and loans.

Infrastructure

I support more funds devoted to fixing our infrastructure including deadlines for completion.

Climate change and pollution

I support more involvement of city resources to fight climate change and support electric vehicles. I personally own an electric vehicle.

Employment

My administration will work towards 100% employment of all city residents by seeking innovative ideas and solutions.

Voting

I support a reduction in voting signatures required for the nominating petition from 500 to 100 signatures needed. I support a nominating petition process that is strictly online. Our election process is antiquated. Spending and contribution limits should be capped at $5,000 per candidate. I will support an investigation into the corruption in the last election of the election division, ethics departments, and Neighborhoods councils violation of write-in candidate rights under the Unruh Act.

Court system

I support the elimination of filing fees for individuals in civil court filings. Filings by companies and corporations will still have to pay required fees. I support constitutional rights and greater enforcement of the state Unruh Act. The state DFEH recently said that businesses and housing providers can deny services if a citizen is being “disruptive” (Source: Google their website). I disagree with that position as it is retaliatory against Blacks who complain about discrimination.

Olympics

The city will make a lot of money by sponsoring the Olympics. I want to assure that all citizens benefit from this event and these monies including those who are homeless, moderate income, or affordable income status. The homeless should not be the subject of discriminatory police sweeps just to make room for the Olympics.

I am a candidate for Mayor, some say a Gadly, and I have held government positions for a federal contractor, worked corrections for the county and state, and was a local government official. I hope to make it onto the ballot and win, but if I don’t, I will run as a write-in candidate. (History tells us some pretty famous people were write-in candidates). I believe the current voting system is antiquated, that the nominating petition process should be online or eliminated, and candidate spending and contributions should be capped at $5,000 each race (five thousand dollars). It is hypocritical to complain about developers influence when we make it so easy for candidates to spend and raise millions of dollars on the local level. I also support that nominating petition signatures be lowered from the current 500 to 100 needed.

This is all part of my platform for mayor of Los Angeles. G. JUAN JOHNSON

References:

Campaign Video (YT)

“The beauty of Los Angeles”

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/G-Juan-Johnson-for-Mayor-of-Los-Angeles-Vote-2022-148471223361495

“How a landlord can discriminate against Black tenants”

https://wp.me/P57D2C-18u (https://shoutout.wix.com/so/eeNyTz8cS/c?

City clerk records request 22-1672 dated 2/17/2022

https://recordsrequest.lacity.org/requests/22-1672

Power Property Management and city LA employees say Black tenants not entitled to Fair Housing

“Criminal complaint against Hi Point 1522 LLC”

“Please investigate this as a criminal offense under section 45.36 for harassment and I request the respondents be accessed fines and serve jail time.” https://wp.me/P57D2C-17h

Crackpot Corruptionism

The CA Employment Development Department and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (have they ever read the Unruh Act?) are my definitions of corruption. Governor Gavin “CrackpotCorrupt” Newsom paid contractors $236 million dollars to fix the EDD computer system, but not the phone lines. A federal Judge ordered the city’s politicians and lawyers to spend $1.2 billion dollars to fix the County 2% homeless problem.

The city Mayor is poised to sign an anti-tenant harassment ordinance that has as many teeth as a newborn baby gumming away. (Relocating to LA, anyone?). Drafted in 2017, it is a piece of cake that has taken officials four years to learn how to copy and paste from other laws. LAMC section 41.33 is lifted almost verbatim, but the final draft removed the state law definition of “harassment” (CCP 527.6). The ordinance will apply to single family homes, condominiums, and rent controlled units; “an act or omission” (failure to respond to tenant complaints) will be actionable; refusal to accept rent will be harassment; “substantially” interfering with tenant peaceful enjoyment is unlawful; the tenant must give the landlord “reasonable time” to repair ( civil code 1942.4 says 35 days). The city claims tenants made over 40,000 harassment and housing complaints. Maybe this harassment law will solve the city’s homeless, housing, harassment, and employment (EDD) problems all at one fell swoop! For more info, see City clerk file number 14-0268-S13 at website “LACityClerk Connect”.

G. Juan Johnson Los Angeles

Random Letters: 7-22-21

Ref: Mayoral Candidates LA 2022:

ALEX GRUENENFELDER SMITH
CRAIG E. GREIWE CHUCK CHO
JOHN “JSAMUEL” JACKSON
G. JUAN JOHNSON
DOUGLAS PAUL NICHOLS
WILLIAM “RODRIGUEZ” MORRISON ANDREW KIM
JOE BUSCAINO
JESSE N. FORTE
MIKE FEUER
RAMIT VARMA
SEAN ISAAC ENRIGHT BARRY “BOENVILLA” BOEN AUSTIN DRAGON KAREN RUTH BASS
JUANITA LOPEZ
KEVIN DE LEÓN
MEL WILSON
VINCENT “KING SPIDER-D.” WILLIS JESSECA HARVEY LOUIS DE BARRAICUA
JEMISS NAZAR
ALYCIA TASHAUNNA LOWERY CHRIS GILMORE
RICK J. CARUSO GINA VIOLA

In My Opinion

by G. Juan Johnson
I was a qualified write-in candidate for the March election (2020). “Qualified” means I was certified by the City clerk to receive the vote, and designated as “write-in” candidate (minus my name) on the ballot. (Votes do not count for write-in candidates not certified by the clerk.) As part of the certification process, I paid $300 to the city government.


Many of you know that even though voting is generally a right available to everyone, the process itself is much of “elitism”; the have’s and the have- nots. Believe me, many people have a prejudice against write-in candidates, even though in this election, for Los Angeles County there were over 250 write-in candidates, many of the positions were for judges or state assembly. In the city of Los Angeles race, council seats, by February 19, there were 13 write-in candidates certified by the city clerk.

The 2020 election was not operated in a “fair, accessible and transparent manner.” The voter ballot incorrectly said lists of write-in candidates were not available. Public officials kept write-in candidates from speaking at voter forums. Let me explain. This has been reported to Alex Padillo, secretary of state, as well as the Los Angeles Mayor and Council, city attorney Mike Feuer, the county registrar, and the city election division.

The problem started over a year ago when the city council and city election division changed the deadlines for write-in candidates to register; prior to last year write-in candidates could register starting the day after the deadline for nominating petitions for non-write in (“regular”) candidates. But last year the city council changed the registration date until about three weeks after the deadline for regular candidates. This of course gave a media advantage to the regular candidates. Then when write-ins could register on January 6 (which I did so), the county registrar initially refused to publish those names onto its county website which was the go to place on the election.

I protested that the county list was incorrect because it did not show the qualified list of city write-in candidates, to that date. Shortly thereafter, the county posted a list from the city but made a distinction that the city list was not “final”. I protested to the extent that the word “final” would mislead early vote by mail voters into thinking they could not vote for Los Angeles city write-in candidates until the list was marked “final”. No one government official responded or made any changes. In the meantime, the county registrar around February 1 (the election was held March 3 but early voting started around February 11) mailed out a sample ballot and subsequent vote by mail ballot that said, “A list of qualified write-in candidates is available eleven days before the election at lavote.net.”

In truth, the list of write-in candidates had already posted to the county website around January 1, 2020, and the city list to date sometime after January 6, so why would the county send out a misleading statement to over 3.5 million registered voters? The statement was sent twice, first in the sample ballots, and then again in the official absentee ballot. Again, no officials responded to me at the time. Voters at that point were not treated to a process that was fair, accessible and transparent because the election officials engaged in unethical conduct that mislead voters, and favored the “regular” candidates. In the meantime, as reported to government officials, numerous elected officials of the neighborhood councils conspired with businesses and churches and held so-called candidate forums where certain write-in candidates like myself were excluded from speaking. Again another misrepresentation to the public who attended these forums. Public officials like Mark Ridely-Thomas and Herb Wesson may have participated in these forums and made no comment as public officials, IMO business as usual. At one forum, I was physically assaulted by church security guards as I tried to speak as a candidate. In the meantime, the city clerk Los Angeles refused to mark as “final” the list of Los Angeles write-in candidates on the grounds the deadline for such candidates to sign up was February 18, again IMO another ploy to give unfair advantage to regular candidates and deny equal opportunity to write-in candidates like myself. The neighborhood councils who participated in this deprivation of civil rights receive $42,000 per year of city tax monies. I support that this system needs to be fixed if not for (November 2020) then at least by the mayoral election for (2022). (As seen on the internet.)

(Feb 21, 2022. Paid for by G. Juan Johnson for Mayor 2022. For more information contact ethics@lacity.org)

Johnson for Mayor Confronts City Los Angeles Corruption

https://www.johnsonformayor-2022.com/