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2022 Candidate Questionnaire - Los Angeles Mayor and City Council

This questionnaire was sent to all candidates running for Los Angeles Mayor and City Council in June 2022 elections listed on the Los Angeles Ethics Commission website (https://ethics.lacity.org/elections). The Green Party of Los Angeles County will send the responses to Greens in Los Angeles and use these answers to inform whether the GPLAC will issue statements of support for any of the candidates. The GPLAC may also publish editorials in local press regarding the responses, evaluating the candidates on their approach to electoral reform.


2022 Candidate Questionnaire - Los Angeles Mayor and City Council

(1) Do you support increasing the number of seats on the Los Angeles City Council from the current 15 to a larger number of City Council members (https://losangeles.cagreens.org/issues/los-angeles-city-council-size)?

If so, how large and why?


(2) Do you support using ranked-choice voting (RCV) to elect the Los Angeles City Council (https://losangeles.cagreens.org/issues/los-angeles-elections-ranked-choice-voting)?

If so, do you support using RCV in conjunction with single-seat or multi-seat districts and why?


(3) Do you support amending the process for Los Angeles City Council redistricting from the current model (https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/laac/0-0-0-406) where elected officials appoint members to the Los Angeles City Council Redistricting Commission (https://laccrc2021.org/commission-members/) and the Commission’s recommendation is forwarded to the Los Angeles City Council for approval and/or amendment?

If so, what model would you support?


(4) What model for Los Angeles City Council elections do you believe best provides the ability to meet the goals of the California Voting Rights Act?
(5) The Green Party strongly supports the direct democracy rights of initiative, referendum and recall, but believes they can be improved. Do you support amending the recall process for City Council members (and other elected officials) as described in the City Charter (https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/laac/0-0-0-1694https://clerk.lacity.org/sites/g/files/wph1491/files/2021-06/Initiative_Referendum_and_Recall_Petition_Handbook.pdf)?

If so, how and why?


(5a) Do you support changing Los Angeles City Charter Sec. 437.  Election of Candidate to Succeed Recalled Officer of the Recall (https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/laac/0-0-0-1694) current process from a contingent run-off where if no replacement candidate receives a majority vote, a run-off is held between the top two finishers, to a single replacement election conducted by ranked-choice voting?  

Why or why not?


(6) Do you support convening a charter review commission to explore any/all of the above changes? Are there any other potential electoral and/or campaign finance reforms you would support to be considered by a charter review commission?
(7) Are there any other potential electoral and/or campaign finance reforms you would support to be enacted by statute?
(8) What model would you support for a charter review commission - elected/appointed/other - and why?
(9) If voters approve charter amendments to the number of seats/manner of election of City Council members and/or to the redistricting model itself, would you support an early redrawing of City Council districts as provided for in the Los Angeles City Charter (https://codelibrary.amlegal.com/codes/los_angeles/latest/laac/0-0-0-406before regular redistricting would occur in 2032.

Why or why not?


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