Monday, May 18, 2015

Carolyn Ramsay announces plans for Los Angeles City Council District 4 at NWPC LA Westside Fundraiser

With one day left in the race to replace longtime Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, the battle for the 4th district seat intensifies between David Ryu and Carolyn Ramsay. If Ramsay wins, she will be the first woman to represent the seat and the second woman to serve on LA City Council. If Ryu prevails, however, he will be the first Korean American on the Council.

So who is the most qualified candidate for District 4? It was very clear at last Monday’s NWPC LA Westside event supporting Carolyn Ramsay’s campaign that she is the candidate of choice. During the event gathering, which included many local officials from the City of Los Angeles, LA County and other local cities, Ramsay laid out her three main priorities: (1) to protect and enhance neighborhoods; (2) to fix the city’s infrastructure, particularly streets and sidewalks; and (3) enact an economic development initiative to save jobs and retain the entertainment industry. On this final point, Ramsay’s ambitious plan is to attract new businesses and to incentivize the entertainment industry with tax start-ups in a 20-block area of Hollywood intended to stop business from leaving Los Angeles.

Ramsay emphasized that the combination of her drive for innovative technology, her open collaborations with businesses and local unions, her stance on addressing water conservation measures, and her preeminent experience in the community show her ability to lead the 4th district in a much more inhabitable direction.

“LA City went from the crime capital to the safest big city in America. I’ve seen this huge transformation happen in the City of Los Angeles. I want to be apart of the next wave and I want to work with everyone to make LA the safest, most livable and sustainable big city in America,” Ramsay stated Monday.

So far, Ramsay has amassed a long list of City Hall, community and media endorsements, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz, and Council president Herb Wesson, the Police and Firefighters union, labor union, the Sierra Club, the LA City Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News and the National Women’s Political Caucus.

City Council District 4 stretches from Sherman Oaks to Miracle Mile and includes parts of Hollywood and Los Feliz. Voters in these areas are encouraged to get out and vote in the Tuesday, May 19th run-off. Unfortunately, the primary election, which included fourteen (14) candidates, only had a 16% voter turnout, which was the lowest in history. NWPC LA Westside is proud to support Carolyn Ramsay for CD4 and is encouraging all members and allies to help spread the word about our endorsement and why it is important for everyone in CD4 to get out and vote.

NWPC LA Westside’s goal is to increase the number of stellar women serving in elected and appointed offices. To join our movement, become a member of the NWPC LA Westside Chapter by visiting our website to enroll and joining us in our monthly board meetings. Follow us on Twitter and facebook to stay up-to-date with coming events, elections and workshops.

Catherine J. Hood

NWPC LA Westside Board Member

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