League of Women Voters Bars Candidate

January 12, 2020

Commentary by G. Juan Johnson

Racism-Elitism– Denial of Equal Opportunity by Government Assisted Entities

BREAKING ELECTION NEWS LOS ANGELES. “Candidate assaulted at candidate forum. ” I attended the candidate forum today. I am certified and qualified as a candidate (write-in) by the city clerk office. I talked with representatives of the League of Women voters, the church, and West Adams Neighborhood Council, before the speaking started, and they said I would NOT be allowed to speak on the podium with other candidates. I told them that was not acceptable and requested to be on the podium. The hundred person plus crowd was told by the representative, “You are not qualified to speak.” I disagreed and told her that I am qualified. Two church security guards physically assaulted me by pushing me twice as I persisted to speak. They threatened to call the Police but didn’t. The forum was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles, the Community Action Mobilization Team, West Adams Neighborhood Council and Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP. Neighborhood Councils receive $42,000 per year in government assistance. Mark Ridley-Thomas is a government paid employee on the LA County Board of Supervisors. The forum took place at Holman Methodist Church, 3320 West Adams Blvd., 90018. I plan to file a racism complaint (among other things) against all parties involved. STAY TUNED. We will post an audio of the confrontation soon.

Unlawful segregation

2020-1-12 Crowned at LWV

Segregated 2020 election candidate forum Jan 12, 2020.

2020-1-12 Podium at LWV

2020 Los Angeles Candidate Forum. One of the sponsors explaining to Church members and voters her reasons for denying equal opportunity. She thinks she has authority to tell voters who she believes are qualified to be heard. Abuse of authority.

2020-1-12 LVW at Candidate Forum

League of Women Voters at segregated 2020 election candidate forum Jan 12, 2020.

LOS ANGELES ELECTION. FAME church advertises on FB that it will hold a Los Angeles candidates forum on Saturday, January 25, 2020. As a certified and qualified write in candidate, I have not been invited to speak on the podium at this event. Other candidates that speak may be engaged in unethical participation in violation of city ethics regulations, and unfair participation in denial of equal opportunity. The Church has been put on notice that they must provide equal opportunity to all candidates or they run afoul of the IRS regulations.  To see what the IRS says about churches and political campaigns, google “Charities, Churches, and Politics“. More on January 25.  Let’s see if they refuse to allow me to speak as a city government approved candidate. 

A government approved candidate.

Please vote G. Juan Johnson

“We have unfairly convinced many voters that instead of going with the best platform, they would rather go with who they think can win. It is the elitist agenda. This defeats the purpose of the election. I think we all want better government services, but we won’t get that by voting in the same elite people over and over, we need to bring in new people with fresh ideas, and those candidates may not be the most winnable, but they will be the most likely to succeed at bringing about the changes so sorely needed.”

January 10, 2019

League of Women Voters Says Candidate Prohibited from speaking- candidate calls them “elitist”

WEST ADAMS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL RESPONDS

(Written by G. Juan Johnson on Facebook)

Certain groups like the League of Women Voters and many neighborhood councils I am told are excluding certified qualified write-in candidates like myself from speaking on the podium with other candidates. The league of women voters wrote, “I am sorry but only the candidates who are actually on the ballot may participate in the forum or speak. You can hand out campaign material after the forum is over if you wish.”. While it is true that write-in candidates do not appear on the ballot, and a voter must write their name in, their vote still counts and they are still qualified candidates. I question can NC’s or any non-profit group (NC’s each receive $42,000 a year in city money) can use tax dollars to exclude qualified candidates like myself. Of course the good old boys network would not want me to protest this. I am certain I will receive push back on this, because it  has been probably been like this for years. I just received an interesting email from Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, VP of WANC. Obviously she feels I am wrong to bring up this issue and assert my rights. I guess she feels as a candidate–and US citizen—I do not have the right to voice my opinion. As I believe she is an elitist, and feels she is better than others, she wants to keep this election in the hands of the good ole boys, the candidates you know spending the most money. I have heard that one before, even though she is not saying it in her words. Yolanda claims she knows another candidate in CD8 who is a write in and admits “she is not participating in forums”. So Yolanda is comparing me to her. I do not see any law that authorizes these groups to exclude qualified candidates, but I do see the Unruh law which may prohibit that. She accuses me of “slandering” the WANC ( I don’t think she even knows what the word slander means; I certainly have a right to voice my opinion) and the League of Women Voters, etc. I guess simply because I want to be heard on equal ground as the candidates spending the most money. These groups like the League of Women voters have practiced exclusion for years so it is not surprising the WANC would support their bias. If the WANC wants to sue me, let them. She suggests I get more clarity from the League of Women Voters, etc. She admits standing in “alliance” with the League of Women voters but objects to being called elitist, saying WANC is not elitist. WANC stands for West Adams Neighborhood Council. She sent her email to 24 other people. WANC is one of the sponsors of the candidate forum exclusion and they stand in alliance with the LWV. Enough said. The WANC expects us to look the other way while the elite run things. If that is not slander from me, then it is a fact. The WANC does not want me in the same room as the Elite; I get it. I disagree.

(The email from the West Adams Neighborhood Council:)

Date: On Friday, January 10, 2020, 03:20:01 PM PST

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet <ydavisoverstreetwanc@gmail.com> wrote:

Cc: councilmember.englander@lacity.org; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org; councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org; clerk.election@lacity.org; ceeteela@yahoo.com; councilmember.smith@lacity.org; councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org; councilmember.lee@lacity.org; councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org; councilmember.price@lacity.org; flapides@socal.rr.com; ed@lwvlosangeles.org; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; springfling@piconc.com; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org; councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; councilmember.martinez@lacity.org; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org; paul.koretz@lacity.org; wanc@empowerla.org

“Hello Mr. Johnson – I have a been notified on the Facebook posts per slandering the WANC, the League of American Voters LA and other Neighborhood Councils. I am not aware of the direct activities of other Neighborhood Councils per your accusations, but I know for a fact that WANC is in no way an elitist group, nor do we practice elitist activities. I will also stand in alliance with the League who has demonstrated their role and commitment to our community and in particular communities of color.

“I would suggest that instead of jumping to conclusions on why you are unable to speak at the upcoming forum this Sunday, that you personally reach out to Francis at the League and get more clarity on protocol per hosting forums for certified candidates in the City of Los Angeles.

“I do know another candidate who is a write-in Candidate in CD8 that has effectively structured her campaign as a grassroots one. While she might not be a certified candidate in the City of Los Angeles, nor participating in forums, she is making meaningful and educational traction in her district.

“I would ask that you please not post false information on any entity and find ways to move forward in honest and informative ways. I wish you luck in your run for CD10 City Council.”

Regards,

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet
VP WANC,
Community Organizer / Mobility Justice Strategist

On Friday, January 10, 2020, 03:20:01 PM PST, 

Cc: councilmember.englander@lacity.org; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org; councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org; clerk.election@lacity.org; ceeteela@yahoo.com; councilmember.smith@lacity.org; councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org; councilmember.lee@lacity.org; councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org; councilmember.price@lacity.org; flapides@socal.rr.com; ed@lwvlosangeles.org; mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; springfling@piconc.com; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org; councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; councilmember.martinez@lacity.org; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org; paul.koretz@lacity.org; wanc@empowerla.org

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet <ydavisoverstreetwanc@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello Mr. Johnson – I have a been notified on the Facebook posts per slandering the WANC, the League of American Voters LA and other Neighborhood Councils. I am not aware of the direct activities of other Neighborhood Councils per your accusations, but I know for a fact that WANC is in no way an elitist group, nor do we practice elitist activities. I will also stand in alliance with the League who has demonstrated their role and commitment to our community and in particular communities of color.

I would suggest that instead of jumping to conclusions on why you are unable to speak at the upcoming forum this Sunday, that you personally reach out to Francis at the League and get more clarity on protocol per hosting forums for certified candidates in the City of Los Angeles.

I do know another candidate who is a write-in Candidate in CD8 that has effectively structured her campaign as a grassroots one. While she might not be a certified candidate in the City of Los Angeles, nor participating in forums, she is making meaningful and educational traction in her district.

I would ask that you please not post false information on any entity and find ways to move forward in honest and informative ways. I wish you luck in your run for CD10 City Council.

Regards,

Yolanda Davis-Overstreet
VP WANC,
Community Organizer / Mobility Justice Strategist

SUBJECT: NC Obligations re Candidate Forums 

FROM: GJohnson(tainmount@sbcglobal.net) 

TO: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org; paul.koretz@lacity.org; councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org; councilmember.harris- dawson@lacity.org; councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org; councilmember.martinez@lacity.org; councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org; springfling@piconc.com; councilmember.smith@lacity.org; councilmember.lee@lacity.org; siroky.wanc@gmail.com; smeeks.wanc@gmail.com; lesgra@gmail.com 

DATE: Friday, January 10, 2020, 03:14 PM PST 

The neighborhood councils (“NC”) receive about $42,000 each per year from city tax dollars. The NC’s propose they can use city tax dollars to discriminate against qualified write in candidates and prohibit candidates from speaking at “candidate forums”. 

“In 1999, the City Charter established the Neighborhood Council System and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment which supports the Neighborhood Councils “to promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs…” Charter Section 900. Neighborhood Councils receive public funds of about $42,000 each year to support their  activities. “ 

If any of the neighborhood councils propose to prohibit any write in candidate from speaking, they could be engaged in abuse of city tax dollars as well as violation of the State Unruh Act. 

Hopefully the NC’s will contact me as to candidate forums in the 10th district. 

G. Juan Johnson 
1522 Hi Point St 9 
Los Angeles CA 90035 

Phone 323-807-3099
2020 Qualified candidate (write in) 

THE ELITIST AND CONDESCENDING ELECTION

https://recordsrequest.lacity.org/requests/20-195#

Dear Los Angeles City Clerk and Election Division:

In this election cycle, certain organizations and community groups have declared to be holding “candidate forums” where they are refusing to allow qualified write-in candidates to speak. Some of the forums I have seen advertised will be held by the Ethiopian Democratic Club (set for January 11), West Adams Neighborhood Council, the Beverly Hills NAACP, and League of Women Voters of Los Angeles (Jan. 12) and a forum at FAME 2270 S HARVARD BLVD (set for Jan. 25). I believe such “candidate forums” that exclude qualified write in candidates are unfair, elitist and condescending to the election process and to voters.

The city clerk is requested to release any and all documents/writings in the Clerk’s possession that would

1. Indicate any city law that authorizes the League of Women Voters and any neighborhood councils to discriminate against qualified write-in candidates on the basis they are not on the ballot

2. Indicate any city law that authorizes the League of Women Voters and any neighborhood councils to discriminate against qualified write-in candidates by prohibiting them from speaking at so called “candidate forums”

3. Indicate any city law that authorizes any neighborhood council to discriminate against qualified write-in candidates and prohibit them from speaking at so called candidate forums.

 “Document” and “writing” mean a writing, as defined in Section 250 of the Evidence Code.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 G. Juan Johnson

ILLEGAL USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS AND OTHERS ACCUSED OF ELITIST AND CONDESCENDING PRACTICE TOWARDS CANDIDATES AND VOTERS. 

Some of the other neighborhood councils who have vowed to prohibit qualified write in candidates from speaking are Mid City Neighborhood Council (MCNC), Empowerment Congress West, Olympic Park NC, Pico NC, South Robertson NC, United Neighborhoods NC, Wilshire Center Koreatown NC. The neighborhood councils (“NC”) receive about $42,000 each per year from city tax dollars. The NC’s propose they can use city tax dollars to discriminate against qualified write in candidates and prohibit candidates from speaking at “candidate forums”. “In 1999, the City Charter established the Neighborhood Council System and the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment which supports the Neighborhood Councils “to promote more citizen participation in government and make government more responsive to local needs…” Charter Section 900. Neighborhood Councils receive public funds of about $42,000 each year to support their activities. “ 

https://recordsrequest.lacity.org/requests/20-195#

Reference:

(NOTE: Frances Lapides REPRESENTS THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS.)

SUBJECT: YOUR JAN. 12 FORUM FORWARDED

Fri 1/10/2020 12:06 PM

To: ‘Connye Thomas’ <ceeteela@yahoo.com>; Frances Lapides <flapides@socal.rr.com>

  • Cc: wanc@empowerla.org <wanc@empowerla.org>; ‘Marilu Guevara’ <ed@lwvlosangeles.org>; Mayor Garcetti <mayor.garcetti@lacity.org>; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org <councilmember.wesson@lacity.org>; City of Los Angeles <councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org>; City of Los Angeles <councilmember.bonin@lacity.org>; paul.koretz@lacity.org <paul.koretz@lacity.org>; Councilmember Rodriguez <councilmember.rodriguez@lacity.org>; Councilmember Harris-Dawson <councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org>; City of Los Angeles <councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org>; City of Los Angeles <councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org>; councilmember.martinez@lacity.org <councilmember.martinez@lacity.org>; councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org <councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org>; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org <councilmember.huizar@lacity.org>; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org <councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org>; City of Los Angeles <councilmember.englander@lacity.org>; Curren Price <councilmember.price@lacity.org>; P.I.C.O. Neighborhood Council <springfling@piconc.com>; Councilmember Greig Smith <councilmember.smith@lacity.org>; Councilmember John S. Lee <councilmember.lee@lacity.org>; Clerk Election <clerk.election@lacity.org>

Not acceptable.

Please see my CPRA to the Los Angeles City Clerk.
What is the name of the organization you represent? Do they have a charter?

Where does it say in your forum announcement facebook that the forum is only for candidates that appear on the ballot?

Where does it say in the charter that you can discriminate against qualified candidates?

Is there any city or state law that authorizes you to represent to voters that qualified write in candidates are to be muffled from participating with candidates at government funded candidate forums?

G. Juan Johnson

qualified candidate- (write in)

1522 Hi Point St 9

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Phone 323-807-3099

On Friday, January 10, 2020, 11:51:31 AM PST,

Frances Lapides <flapides@socal.rr.com> wrote:

I am sorry but only the candidates who are actually on the ballot may participate in the forum or speak. You can hand out campaign material after the forum is over if you wish.

Fran Lapides

From: Connye Thomas [mailto:ceeteela@yahoo.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:07 PM
To: G Johnson <tainmount@sbcglobal.net>; flapides@socal.rr.com Cc: WANC@empowerla.org
Subject: Re: Your Jan. 12 Forum forwarded

Hello Johnson,
The League of Women Voters are conducting our Candidate Forum.

1/10/2020

I have forwarded your request To them for a response. Thank you,
Connye Thomas

Sent from my iPhone.

On Jan 9, 2020, at 9:45 AM, G Johnson <tainmount@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

I am a qualified write in candidate for District 10.
I would like to be allowed to speak on the dias at the forum on Sunday. Please contact me at the number below.

G. Juan Johnson

Phone 323-807-3099

http://2020committeetoelectjohnson.com

XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Subject: Unfair advantage to segregated candidates – the Politics of Exclusion – Business as usual

From: G. Juan Johnson <rumcake42@live.com>

Date: Thu 1/9/2020 1:32 PM

To: mayor.garcetti@lacity.org <mayor.garcetti@lacity.org>; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org <councilmember.wesson@lacity.org>; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org <councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org>; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org <councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org>; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org <councilmember.huizar@lacity.org>; councilmember.Lee@lacity.org <councilmember.Lee@lacity.org>

Cc: clerk.election@lacity.org <clerk.election@lacity.org>; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org <councilmember.bonin@lacity.org>; councilmember.price@lacity.org <councilmember.price@lacity.org>; councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org <councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org>; councilmember.martinez@lacity.org <councilmember.martinez@lacity.org>; paul.koretz@lacity.org <paul.koretz@lacity.org>; david.ryu@lacity.org <david.ryu@lacity.org>; councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org <councilmember.cedillo@lacity.org>

Dear United States Citizens:

I refer to the city Election code as it relates to write -in candidates. The only distinction I see between candidates and write-in candidates is that the write-in candidates names will not appear on the ballot. 

A vote for a write-in candidate will count the same as a vote for a candidate.

Although it does not appear in the Election Code, the LA CityView Channel 35, the City of Los Angeles Cable Channel, offers free videos of candidate statements. I have signed up for such. According to the city clerk’s office, all certified candidate statements and “all certified write-in candidate statements” will begin airing on February 11, 2020 and will continue to have multiple plays thru March 3, 2020, even though much of the vote by mail may occur before February 11. 

I also note that community groups like the West Adams Neighborhood Council, the Beverly Hills NAACP, and League of Women Voters of Los Angeles are sponsoring community candidate forums where they will not allow write in candidates to participate as speakers. This gives unfair advantage to candidates and denies such advantage to write-in candidates. It is also an advantage that is not authorized in the election code.

I ask that the city council and the public support that write-in candidates be allowed to participate as equals on the speaker panel in all community group sponsored candidate forums.

I ask that the city council and public support that the airing of free video tapings of all candidates (candidates and write in candidates) start on February 2, 2020 and that all tapings of candidates and write-in candidates will appear on the same program.

Sincerely,

G. Juan Johnson

2020 Candidate (write-in) for District 10
1522 Hi Point St 9
Los Angeles  CA   90035
323-807-3099

(as seen on  2020committeetoelectjohnson.com  )

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