ANGELES -- Austin
Beutner was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is the son of a public
school teacher and a manufacturing engineer. The mayoral candidate
graduated from Dartmouth in 1982. He was a successful businessman
as a partner at The Blackstone Group and as co-founder of Evercore
Partners. In the 1990s, he worked in the State Department under
President Clinton. Beutner gave his first policy address as a
candidate for mayor on Thursday at Town Hall Los Angeles.
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa is being term-limited out. The primary
election will take place on March 5, 2013 and the general election
will be held on May 21, 2013. Beutner is the current leader in
fundraising for the mayoral race. Other candidates include City
Controller Wendy Greuel, City Council President Eric Garcetti,
City Councilwoman Jan Perry, Neighborhood Council Boardmember
YJ Draiman, Talk Show Host Kevin James, Filmmaker Malcom Mays,
Jose F. Di Raimondo and Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt.
Henry Ford made cars affordable a century ago – if you asked
government what we needed, they would have told you a faster horse,”
he said in his speech. “Los Angeles city government needs
to stop trying to sell us on the promise of faster horses. It’s
time to do things differently. I grew up in Michigan and remember
family trips to Detroit – a city of almost 2 million –
where schools were good, city services worked and people had good-paying
jobs. Today, Detroit’s a shell of itself, barely 700,000
people. The story is simple – the jobs went away, the tax
base disappeared and people left.”
several areas for job creation in Los Angeles including trade,
technology and education.
example – electric buses…as first Deputy Mayor, I
brought the headquarters of the Chinese electric carmaker BYD
to Los Angeles,” Beutner added. “It was the first
time in years a company opened its headquarters in L.A. and it
opened the door to something even bigger. The future is not buses
we buy today, the buses that run on compressed natural gas –
it’s electric buses. They’re cheaper to operate –
and cheaper means our dollars will go further and bus riders will
save money. Electric buses run cleaner, reducing greenhouse gas.
These reasons are why, as first deputy mayor, I created a pilot
program at MTA to test electric buses in L.A.”
to trade, the mayoral candidate said he would modernize the LAX
airport, accelerate investment in port infrastructure, support
local exporters, unlock EB-5 money for the filming industry and
hire veterans as TSA screeners at LAX. Beutner hopes to embrace
L.A.’s universities and partner with USC, UCLA and CSUN
as New York City did with Cornell. He said he will better align
community college resources with the jobs of today.
of tourism, the mayoral candidate said he would replace LA Inc.
with a public-private partnership between the cities of Los Angeles,
Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. It will encourage collaboration
among cities, businesses and cultural institutions. Finally, Beutner
said he would make sure that Farmer’s Field does get built.
piece is Farmer’s Field – that project is a winner,”
he explained. “It starts with our convention center. Currently,
the two halls are not connected. Have you ever tried to book convention
customers in the South Hall? It’s like telling your teenagers
they have to sit at the kids’ table at Thanksgiving. Farmers
Field will change that – giving Los Angeles the nation’s
fifth largest convention center. The covered stadium will allow
us to compete for Final Fours, World Cups, and the 2017 Super
Bowl. Imagine the 50th anniversary of the big game, being played
in the city of its birth. Farmer’s Field means at least
20,000 jobs and it won’t cost taxpayers a penny. Not one
hopes to pursue the jobs of the future. He would leverage L.A.’s
assets with an experienced workforce and a large market. He would
follow-up on the opportunity in electric buses.
really appreciated it…it’s good when a candidate can
list out the areas to focus on,” said audience member Jason
Crockett of Los Angeles. “I will definitely follow his progress.
I would love to know more about his education and financial aid
to transportation, the mayoral candidate said he would stop high-speed
rail and spend the money in the Los Angeles community instead.
In addition, he would put together a transportation plan based
on common sense and technology. However, no further details were
am an advocate for improving water and power,” said Chuck
Ray, who lives in the Mar Vista district of L.A. “He asked
me about formal oversight. He put me on an advisory committee.
The guy’s brilliant, not the ordinary politician. I met
him when he was doing an internship. If he didn’t break
his back, he wouldn’t be here now. Villiagosa made him deputy
mayor. Other candidates are outsiders. I know all of the other
hopes to support the needs of small businesses by cutting business
taxes and regulations, opening regional business centers and by
working to get state government in Sacramento in line.
meeting of Town Hall Los Angeles will be a partner's event called
"California's Prisoners Dilemma." It will take place
on Tuesday, Jan. 24th at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase
tickets, visit www.townhall-la.org.
more information about L.A. Mayoral Candidate Austin Beutner,
Villaraigosa announces plans to reduce traffic congestion in L.A.
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listening closely to Beutner's remarks inside the National Center
for the Preservation of Democracy in downtown L.A.