What I Will Fight For:
Improving Neighborhood Schools
For too long, we have given up local control of our neighborhood schools. Sacramento and LAUSD bureaucrats have dictated how local school funds are used, restricting parents and community members from making decisions that benefit our children. Reforming these and other state regulations will give local parents, teachers and school principals more authority and make sure decisions are based on what is best for our neighborhood schools.
We need an Assemblymember in Sacramento who understands education and is a credible voice on this issue. After graduating from Princeton, instead of taking a high-paying Wall Street job like many of my fellow graduates, I spent a year teaching in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This experience taught me what highly-motivated teachers, principals and parents can accomplish. After receiving a JD and an MBA from Stanford, I became Executive Director of Teach for America for Los Angeles, a national nonprofit service organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in public schools. Realizing the problems with the public education system, I decided to help in local schools, running a network of high-performing and racially and socio-economically diverse public schools in Los Angeles.
I have devoted my entire professional life to helping reform our schools and providing greater control of our schools to parents, teachers and principals. I believe in far-reaching reforms to teach basics, increase parental involvement and improve math, science and technology education programs. In Sacramento, I will make sure that we give our teachers and school leaders more flexibility from LAUSD and Sacramento to make decisions about whom to hire, how to spend their budgets, and how to teach.
Creating 21st Century Jobs in the Valley and Supporting Local Businesses
In these economic times, nothing is more important than making sure we are financially secure: that we can pay for housing, put food on the table and provide for our families and ourselves. My top priority as State Assemblymember will be to create and retain good paying 21st-Century jobs in the Valley. I would fight to maintain these jobs – particularly those in creative and innovation industries – that drive so much of our economy. I would support enhancing and extending the film tax credit.
My economic plan also includes working to ensure that all public schools are exemplary so that we are producing a work force that is world-class and attracts industries from all over the globe to locate in the Valley. Instead of working within government and contributing to our current economic situation, I’ve worked from outside to help reform and use sound business practices to help run public organizations.
In every job I’ve had, I’ve been accountable for a balanced budget and know that I cannot leave an unbalanced budget for someone else to try to go and fix. We need long-term financial planning in Sacramento and someone that understands that this isn’t just a job, but a chance to make a difference.
Protecting our Natural Resources and the Environment
At Larchmont Schools, we have always placed an emphasis on eco-literacy. Our Edible Schoolyard program has helped to build a foundation for healthy eating, sustainable living, and building community wherever our children go. Our children understand the importance of clean drinking water, safe parks, and fresh air. Our legislature must protect these most critical natural resources. We need someone who will protect our water supply and make sure the Valley has a reliable source for clean safe drinking water. I will work together with local governments, local environmental groups, and private enterprise to clean contaminated water supplies and create the infrastructure that will safeguard clean water for our children and grandchildren. In my time as an educator, I have worked not only to improve the places where our children learn, but also the parks and greenspaces where our children play. With the threat of a reduction in state services, we must fight to protect Valley parks, green spaces, bike paths, and playgrounds that provide our families with safe places to enjoy the Valley’s natural beauty.
Finally, statewide and local renewable energy efforts are a strong first step toward reducing smog and harmful pollutants in our Valley’s air and water. However, we still have hard work ahead of us. I will work to coordinate statewide and local efforts to grow our renewable energy sources. I will also fight to secure new high paying jobs for the San Fernando Valley, as our renewable energy sector grows. The Valley should be an epicenter for future job growth in the green economy.
Making Sure the Valley Gets its Fair Share
As an Assemblymember representing the new 46th Assembly District, which includes the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Studio City, Valley Village, Valley Glen, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Panorama City, North Hills, Lake Balboa and the Hollywood Hills, one of my top priorities is to make sure that we get our fair share of resources.
Authorized and Paid for by Brian C. Johnson for Assembly. FPPC# 1333176.