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May 08, 2012

Thank You For Your Support

I have decided to withdraw from the Los Angeles Mayoral Race. While everything I’ve learned exploring the possibility has reinforced my view of how much our city needs leadership who will solve problems, it has also reminded me of my responsibilities as a husband and father. My family has been my biggest supporter in this effort, but my ow...

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April 10, 2012

60,000 Angelenos Can't Be Wrong

A few weeks ago I shared my concerns about worsening response times in the Los Angeles Fire Department, the impact on the safety of Angelenos, and offered a plan to address the problem. The response from people throughout Los Angeles has been overwhelming -- more than 60,000 have viewed the information we shared. For those keeping score, that's...

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April 10, 2012

Voices of the Community

A few short weeks ago we challenged City Hall to make public safety a priority. We asked some tough questions, showed some basic information on the problem, and proposed a plan to address the issues. The response has been overwhelming, as 50,000+ folks have viewed the map of neighborhood-by-neighborhood LAFD response times we put together. Vie...

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March 26, 2012

Crisis in the LAFD - The Press Takes Notice

Two weeks ago, Austin Beutner started to ask some simple questions about the Los Angeles Fire Department and the answers are troubling. The reaction from City Hall was as expected -- expressions of “outrage” and “surprise,” calls for “audits,” and probably soon enough they’ll try to find someone in the ...

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March 22, 2012

How Are LAFD Emergency Response Times in Your Neighborhood?

Recently, we learned that Los Angeles Fire Department emergency response times have worsened over the last three years. Today, the LAFD arrives within 5 minutes only 59% of the time, against a stated goal of 90%. In individual neighborhoods the story is much worse. Find out how long it takes the LAFD to respond in your neighborhood using the map...

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March 20, 2012

This Emergency Needs a Response

Just 12 days ago I challenged Los Angeles City Hall to make public safety a priority. City Hall data showed the Los Angeles Fire Department with a dramatic worsening in response times, getting to an emergency in less than five minutes only 59 percent of the time versus 86 percentin 2008, and against a stated goal of 90 percent. City Hall has si...

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March 09, 2012

Better Government in Los Angeles

A few years ago, I was mountain biking in the hills above Santa Monica when I crashed and broke my neck. I was air lifted to the hospital by the Los Angeles Fire Department and spent many long months recovering. The LAFD saved my life that morning. I'm forever grateful -- as are countless Angelenos who rely on our incredible first responders. E...

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February 23, 2012

Stop Giving the Entertainment Industry the Silent Treatment

By Austin Beutner & Steven Lavine This awards season, we're enjoying the acclaim given to The Artist, a silent picture that gives tribute to the Hollywood of yesteryear. But what's curious is the same town – while lauding the artistry of silence – is doing little to speak up for the entertainment industry and to sustain its presenc...

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February 01, 2012

Bring the Super Bowl home

If you have 90 minutes to spare between now and Sunday, I recommend the HBO documentary Namath, about the life and times of the winning quarterback in Super Bowl III. You'll revisit the public spectacle that was "Broadway Joe's" football career -- the white shoes, the full-length sideline fur coats, and, of course, the infamous poolside press c...

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January 19, 2012

Los Angele Back to Work - Speech Text

REMARKS BY AUSTIN BEUTNER AT TOWN HALL LOS ANGELES “LOS ANGELES BACK TO WORK” JANUARY 19, 2012 I'm not sure if anyone in this audience caught the Golden Globes recently, but I noted with interest a silent film called “The Artist” was a winner. Certainly encouraging for me as I'm never the loudest one in the room. It als...

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