Pleitez stumps Greuel with pension buyout plan at LMU Debate, then holds live multi-platform discussion
LOS ANGELES – Emanuel Pleitez, who unveiled his Pension Buyout Plan Tuesday afternoon at Los Angeles Trade Technology College, discussed it in more detail at the Loyola Marymount University Debate that evening. That plan, which would allow city workers to elect to receive their pension benefits now, and would relieve the burden on the city by raising money from municipal debt capital markets.
The plan, which piqued the interest of the moderator, Dr. Fernando Guerra, was used in a follow up question to all of the other candidates. While all of the other candidates were cautious of endorsing the plan, Wendy Greuel repeatedly said she “didn’t understand”. Even when asked if, in theory, city workers getting something now rather than nothing later was something she believed in, she again said she didn’t understand the plan or the numbers behind it. This added fuel to Pleitez’ claim that “our leaders don’t understand how our economy works” and that he is the “only candidate who understands the economy and the numbers behind it.”
Jan Perry, who renewed her endorsement of Pleitez for Mayor in her absence, said she was inspired by his youth and perspective. Living up to the councilwoman’s praise, Pleitez, for the first time in LA history, held a multi-platform live discussion with a mayoral candidate, taking questions from Twitter, Facebook, email, and by phone. The discussion was live through Ustream and Google Hangout. Ustream had 44 viewers and nearly 100 people participated in the discussion.
Topics discussed were education, technology for City Hall and low-income communities, LGBT rights, homelessness, LA animal shelters, traffic congestion, geo-engineering, demolishing the Wyvernwood projects, funding for after-school programs, unions and city workers, youth civic engagement, and education to employment opportunities.
The multi-platform discussion was held at the Boyle Heights campaign office, it started at 9pm and lasted until 10:15pm.
Pleitez is a former technology executive, with public, private, and non-profit sector experience, and was appointed to manage President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Pleitez, an LA native, grew up on the eastside and currently lives in El Sereno with his wife, Rebecca.
For full bio, please visit www.pleitezforla.com.