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March 11, 2012

Beutner Talks Softly, Carries a Big Business Plan

When we met Thursday at the Mercado La Paloma near USC, Beutner downed a couple of quick tacos before telling me about his surprise on a recent fire call ride-along. The firefighter "pulled out a paper map," Beutner said, as if a map were as archaic as a firetruck pulled by horses. When the Fire Department's response time can mean the differenc...

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March 09, 2012

Program Means Less Red Tape for Restaurant Permits

Del Pero is one of approximately 300 people in the past two years to participate in a new city initiative to quicken the permitting process for bars and restaurants. The program hinges on one key change — each project is assigned a case manager who stays involved at every step and helps facilitate meetings and inspections with officials wh...

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March 09, 2012

Politics Lights a Fire Under L.A. Fire Department

The dust-up began Thursday, when candidate Austin Beutner complained in an online Huffington Post column that recent Fire Department budget cuts have sent response times for medical emergencies soaring. Beutner laid the blame on the City Council members who approved the cuts, singling out mayoral rivals Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry. He also criti...

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March 08, 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 re...

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February 27, 2012

Beutner Talks Farmers Field, Redevelopment with Architects

The culture of City Hall, which begins with the city’s leadership, is what holds Los Angeles back from being a forward-thinking city that puts smart policies before bureaucratic rules, Austin Beutner said Friday at the American Institute of Architects’ second in a series of conversations with mayoral candidates. The theme of Beutner...

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January 29, 2012

Austin Beutner joins CAUSE

A group of 30 of the most prominent members of the Asian American community attended Center for Asians United for Self Empowerment's (CAUSE) inaugural 'Visions for LA' speaker series featuring its first guest, major declared mayoral candidate Austin Beutner on Wednesday, January 25 at a luncheon in Chinatown. Beutner began by giving an overview...

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January 26, 2012

The Reviews Are In

On January 19th Austin spoke to Town Hall LA and laid out a plan to put Los Angeles back to work. The reviews are in and Angelenos are responding to his message of job creation and economic growth. Here are a few of the reactions: L.A. Mayoral Candidate Beutner Touts Business-Friendly Agenda – LA Times “[Beutner] dismissed Californi...

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January 24, 2012

Department of Ideas: Veterans for Airport Security

You hear a lot of talk about the need for jobs, but precious little in the way of specific ideas for creating jobs. That's why Austin Beutner'sspeech last week was so refreshing. Beutner is a businessman and former aide to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa who already has begun running for mayor. (The election is not until 2013). While it's far from ...

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