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January 23, 2012

Austin Beutner Goes on the Offensive

"The Big Speech, hosted on Thursday, Jan. 19, by the organization Town Hall-Los Angeles and delivered in Little Tokyo's National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, shows Beutner as a candidate evolving on the campaign trail. His stage presence is more forceful than it was a year ago. He lacks the bombast of Villaraigosa, which is a good t...

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January 21, 2012

Beutner Challenges Weak City Ethics Regulation

To some of us disillusioned alums of the weak and failing City Ethics Commission, mayoral candidate Austin Beutner is saying the right things. In a piece in the Daily News, Beutner noted the weakness of the city’s incomprehensible ethics laws, and pointed out that any attempt to improve them must be approved by the City Council. In my fiv...

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January 20, 2012

L.A. Mayoral Candidate Beutner Touts Business-Friendly Agenda

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Austin Beutner took aim at "the barnyard called City Hall" on Thursday in a speech intended to outline his economic vision for the city — and distance himself from the lawmakers now governing it. Beutner, a former investment banker who served as MayorAntonio Villaraigosa's "jobs czar" for 15 months, said city...

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January 19, 2012

Austin Beutner Outlines Plan for Jobs, Revitalized Economy

Mayoral candidate Austin Beutner outlined a vision for Los Angeles today that includes defunding high-speed rail to pay for road repairs, building Farmers Field, hiring veterans to be security screeners at Los Angeles International Airport, and engaging the city’s universities to create economic opportunities. Beutner spoke this afternoon...

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January 18, 2012

Beutner Thumbs His Nose at Stench from City Hall

"But more importantly in the context of Los Angeles, it stands in stark contrast to a city where we hear a lot, we hear about the problems but we don't see them getting fixed. We hear about failing schools, broken streets, budget deficits, and people out of work. It's time we started hearing about solutions. It's time for our government to start...

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January 17, 2012

Beutner Appears at Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils

You can always count on frank, intelligent questions from VANC attendees. Mayor Villaraigosa, City Attorney Trutanich and Controller Greuel should face as tough a test from the press, but the media seems content to simply take notes. Candidate Beutner did not dodge any questions. He was businesslike and his answers appeared genuine; he displaye...

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January 17, 2012

Austin Beutner Has a Plan to Fix a Broken City

Austin Beutner, a mayoral candidate, investment banker and former volunteer deputy to Mayor Villaraigosa appeared recently before a packed room at the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC). VANC is an alliance of the 34 Neighborhood Councils in the San Fernando Valley. There are almost 100 Neighborhood Councils across the city. Read ...

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December 05, 2011

LA's Ratepayer Advocate and What Might Have Been

In the run-up to putting Measure I on the ballot, the DWP, under the leadership of then General Manager Austin Beutner, presented a coherent, well designed plan to the DWP Board of Commissioners to establish an Office of the Rate Payers Advocate. This plan by an Advisory Panel with members from diverse constituencies was based on the principles...

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November 18, 2011

Austin Beutner Speaks at U.S.-Mexico Mayoral Summit

Former Deputy Mayor — now mayoral candidate — Austin Beutner also spoke at the conference. During his 15 months in City Hall, Beutner launched the pilot program that led to the L.A. Regional Export Council. In order to become a better city, Los Angeles needs to “enable, convene and collaborate,” Beutner said, which means...

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November 11, 2011

John Keaveney Endorses Austin Beutner for LA Mayor

Community First: Why Austin Beutner Needs to be Los Angeles' Next Mayor "Today, I look around Los Angeles and see a similar leadership void. Our elected officials have forsaken results in the name of rhetoric, pragmatism in the name of politics. Meanwhile, 8,000 veterans are homeless and 25% of all veterans are unemployed. That’s why I&r...

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