As Mayor, Craig Greiwe will bring real answers to the city’s greatest problems.
From DAY 1, we are the ONLY campaign with a plan to:
Together, we can overcome the challenges our great city faces to create the vibrant Los Angeles we all deserve. That requires a mayor with concrete plans to get the job done on Day 1.
We will end homeless in LA in under four years. It’s hard but it’s not complicated:
And it can all be done with the resources we have.
There are those who will tell us, you’re too optimistic, you don’t understand, this can’t be done. That’s wrong. Fourteen cities in America have solved homelessness, and we can, too. Ending homelessness in LA won’t be easy, but we can do it. We just have to give people the support they need, whether it’s a helping hand, or 24/7 support.
We will provide 20,000 semi-private shelter-based beds (categorized by need, so that people in similar needs are with each other), 12,000 collaborative housing beds, 10,000 transitional support housing units, 3,000 mental health beds, and 500 substance use residential beds within 12 months, while regulating public spaces—all without spending a single dollar more than we’ve already allocated and building long-term solutions.
Angelenos don’t need to be reminded that homelessness is out of control. We see it on our streets, in our parks, and on every corner. What we need is a real plan that ends homelessness once and for all. Failing city leaders have spent billions and achieved nothing. Even their best plan will house only one-third of those currently experiencing homelessness. This is unacceptable. You cannot trust the people who created a problem to solve it.
We can end homelessness in under four years – and be held accountable for it –all while not spending a single extra dollar more than what LA has already allocated. The question is not how much money we spend, it’s how we spend it.
Functional Zero homelessness achieved in under 4 years, and in as little as 24 months.
Only 13% of the housing in LA has been built in the last 30 years, which means we’re not building for 1991, let alone 2021. Moreover, our zoning code was written in 1946, which means it’s not just archaic, it’s irrelevant.
In order to create an affordable city, we need to build a minimum of 400,000 units of housing just to house the people who live here over the next 10 years. No one should have to pay more than 30% of their income in rent. And we can do it while preserving historic single-family neighborhoods, increasing density in select areas where it makes sense, not pricing anyone out of their community, providing real-time data on rent and costs, and building places where people want to, and can afford to, live work and play—all while bringing businesses and unions both to the table.
This city is unaffordable for the vast majority of people who live here. The basic economics make living in LA a non-starter for too many people, which means we need to build. And because building new housing means rents come down. All while preserving historic single family home neighborhoods and communities, and ensuring people are not priced out of their homes. The solutions to create an affordable city, like those to end homelessness, exist. It’s not easy, but it is straightforward.
All of our problems can be traced to one central principle: In LA, the people in power care more about staying in power, than they do the people of this city. With three City Council members indicted for crimes against the city, and five more under investigation, we know what’s really going on. Yet the elected officials who remain are silent, while being complicit in these crimes that play games with our lives and our money. We need to create the most transparent government but creating greater citizen oversight and participation, and by eliminating every opportunity for bad actors to enrich themselves.
We must eliminate corruption at its source, and pressure the City Attorney and DA to file charges, not simply wait for the FBI. We must remove the unchecked power of elected officials over secret budgets, and we must expand their transparency through independent oversight authority. The leaders of this city must be held accountable, as well as citizens and businesses who try to buy their way to the top. Under a new administration, we will put a spotlight on corruption, and root it out wherever it exists.
No other factor is more responsible for our city’s problems than corruption: LA is failing because its leaders are failing. And its leaders are failing because they have prioritized their own personal ambitions and political careers over those of the people. When they bounce from one office to the next for their entire lives with no accountability; when they’ve spent decades cycling through public paychecks while the public fails, they are part of the problem. Angelenos know we cannot trust the people who created our problems, to also be the people who solve them.
As an outsider running for mayor, I am not beholden to the power structures of this city. I will always only answer to the people of this city. And I have no problem telling the truth. Too many people are under investigation. There’s too much focus on using office for personal gain. Pay-for-play that is so routine, elected officials don’t even have to ask anymore. These people view public office as a right, and have legalized and institutionalized corruption that robs the people of this city not just of billions of dollars, but of their fundamental right to have honest, ethical leadership. City Hall is plagued with corruption, as is Washington, D.C. and Sacramento. It’s time for us to take a hard line. It’s so bad the Department of Justice is only interested in “some crimes” not all of them, because there are too many going on. And the City Attorney and District Attorney have been part of the problem. We must eliminate corruption everywhere, and hold a hard line against anyone, public official or private person, who undermines our democracy with illegal favors and bribery. We can do better, by:
Every elected official, and every private citizen or company, who participates in this corruption must meet the consequences of their actions. Let’s be clear: corruption robs Los Angeles and its people of their right to a beautiful, safe, and fair home, and it has no place in this city.
This city should be a home for every industry. Not just Entertainment and Manufacturing, but Aerospace, Water, Bioscience, Climate Mitigation – these are trillion-dollar industries that bring good jobs with good wages.
Los Angeles should be a home that businesses run to, not one they run away from. They are the foundation of our economy, and while they should pay their fair share of taxes, they also need to be embraced for the resources they provide.
We will bring at least two prosperous industry clusters to LA permanently within four years and create 100,000 new, good paying jobs.
And we need to innovate: a first-ever City Innovation Fund that will ensure we attract the smartest minds, while developing a revenue stream for the city that will lower taxes while providing even more resources for social programs. Finally, we will eliminate the gross receipts tax.
Los Angeles should be a greater hub of innovation and creativity. We used to the be the city where dreams were made, in every industry not just movies. Because of all the empty and unfulfilled promises, But now, we’ve lost our luster. It’s time to bring it back. Los Angeles should be the jobs and innovation capital of the United States, and that’s how we become the city we were always meant to be, the greatest city in America.
From desalination that can turn water into a valuable export to a logistics operation that solves the hundred-year-old supply chain issues driving your cost of living up today, LA should be the hub for dozens of industries that will improve our lives while building good jobs for everyone. These companies should not be fleeing Los Angeles, they should be flocking here. We need to do everything we can to encourage and foster their growth because, with them, we get good jobs, the best jobs, for everyone.
Trillion-dollar companies can be responsible members of our community who make us all better, who provide great jobs, who invest in communities, and who ensure that we can all build a better future, together. This includes, for example, the most aggressive incentives program to restore entertainment production locally; workforce development and incentives to ensure new companies take root in our most marginalized communities; and tax credits that make sense for the public while also ensuring companies pay their fair share.
We spend years training veterans to be human weapons to serve our country. And when they are done, we have zero re-entry training or programs to help them readjust to life. We also do nothing to help them find their way, or re-engage the country and communities they so valiantly served. We don’t need to wait on the federal or state government; LA can become a haven to every veteran with guaranteed housing and employment that also benefits our city’s growth and communities with the first ever veterans program “Victory Corps.”
We know the problem. Hundreds of thousands of our nation’s veterans call Los Angeles home—but the city does little to support them. While the federal and state governments often fail our returning servicemembers, the city doesn’t have to do the same. But leadership simply isn’t paying attention. At Rise Together, I helped author a program designed to change all that, “Victory Company.” As mayor, I’ll implement it immediately, funding $200 million annually towards our veterans as an investment in our city’s future.
We can become a safe haven, a sanctuary city for all veterans to know LA is a place where they can get the help they want and need. We call it “Victory Company.” The men and women who served us deserve warm places to live, good places to work, and support to help them get through the day. They deserve real programs that make a difference in their everyday lives. They don’t want a handout, they want a helping hand. They don’t want giveaways, they want to contribute to the world. We can do that.
Our Victory Company is a program that provides comprehensive training and support to vets, from other vets—a system of collaboration, support, and teamwork with real, practical resources and even employment, education, and training. And the work doesn’t just benefit vets – it helps everyone in our community. Top-down dictates are over, ground-up support and needs-based resourcing is in.
Climate change is real. And we must do our part to move to a brighter future that reduces or eliminates emissions, while driving economic growth. It’s possible to do both. But we must also accept that one city alone cannot change the world, and broad mandates and policies without thoughtful execution achieve nothing. Smart regulations can put money back in consumers’ pockets, foster business innovation, and drive economic growth with high-wage jobs, all while mitigating climate change and reducing emissions.
Climate change is the existential crisis of our time, but how can we focus on where we will be in 2030 when our city is crumbling around us today? And the poorly-written regulations that our leaders are putting in place now for the future will cripple our businesses and the economy while doing nothing to really address climate change.
Here’s the truth: the very decisions we make to reduce emissions and curb climate change can drive huge economic growth, if we make the smart decisions, not the easiest ones.
For example, mandating LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs saves consumers millions of dollars while also curbing emissions simply. Why don’t we do it? Building charging stations throughout the city can drive revenue for LA while bringing costs down for consumers. Why don’t we? Simply mandating a “carbonless city” or putting blunt policies in place by demanding that companies have “zero emissions” is not just bad policy, it’s more harmful than helpful, as those costs get passed on to everyday Angelenos. We need smart decisions, not blunt force, overly simplistic promises that go nowhere. We don’t have to wait on a national or state program. We can act today.
We should be so lucky that we are talking about how to get the basics of our city right. With major crises in homelessness, affordability, and crime, we’ve forgotten that our roads should not be filled with potholes, that our schools should put every dollar towards our kids, and that our neighborhoods should be clean. Getting the basics right isn’t something we can delay; we need to be able to do it today, and every day.
We should be so lucky that our biggest problems are broken sidewalks and streets that rival the poor quality of a developing nation or country back road. Sadly, because of the massive threats of homelessness, affordability, and crime, our leaders have forgotten about the everyday needs of their citizens. Sidewalks to walk on, pipes that aren’t breaking, streets that don’t break your car, traffic that isn’t endless, schools that work. We can do better. We can demand better
For far too long, every family with working parents has confronted impossible choices: how to be a good parent while working full time; how to make every dollar feel like two when there’s not enough money to go around; and most importantly, how to make sure that our children’s futures are brighter than our own. Los Angeles doesn’t have to be a bystander in this situation; it can be a direct line of assistance that ensures those who need it most receive the help and care that our next generation needs.
For far too long, advocates for working families have paraded initiatives forward that do too little, too late. They have convinced working families to “settle” for half-measures and shoddy solutions. Since when do we accept childcare programs that help some people and not all? A mom cannot accept half a solution when her child is sick or her job asks for overtime. A dad should not have to accept he gets no time with his newborn. Simple, cost-effective programs provide the financial and emotional resources our working families need while also investing in our future in a way that will more than cover the budgetary allocations necessary to fund these programs.
Craig is a leader fighting for your fair share. With real plans and accountability.