Mark Herd for LA City Council CD5


OFFICIAL SITE for Mark Herd for L.A. City Council CD5 - March 7th, 2013
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MARK M HERD is a native of Los Angeles and a descendant of one of the founding families of Encino.  He has both a Jewish mom and Daniel Boone in his  family tree.  In particular, he has a stake in the 5th District, its prestige and its quality of life.  He has lived most of his life in Westwood and has a background in political solutions spanning twelve years and twenty states.  Mark was a congressional candidate for the 33rd District in California in 2014 and the founder of what became the leading Neighborhood Council (Westwood) in Los Angeles in 2010.

Mark has extensive experience in sales and marketing in the electronics, automobile, and security industries.  He is a frequent speaker at sales meetings, conventions, political events, city council and town hall meetings. 

Mark speaks passionately for many causes and has run for office.  In 2013 he ran for the Los Angeles City Council winning 26% of the vote.  He has been elected to both the Westwood Neighborhood Council and the Westwood Homeowners Association board of directors.  Mark created MARK HERD POLITICAL SOLUTIONS in 2012 assisting candidates and causes in over 20 states.

Background:

L.A. City Council District 5  Native

Grew up in Westwood

Attended Fairburn Elementary, Emerson Jr. High, Harvard-Westlake School and University High School. 

Holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona in Economics

Westwood Neighborhood Council - Founder (#1 Neighborhood Council first year, 2010)

Westwood Neighborhood Council Boardmember 2010 - 2014 

Westwood Neighborhood Council Land Use Committee Member 2010 - 2014

Westwood Homeowners Association
Boardmember 2009

Park Ashton Homeowners Association
President  2004 - 2008 - 2010 - 2012
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The 1st CD5 Forum
results are in! 
Below is the straw poll taken after the CD5 HOAs forum Jan 14th.
While Paul Koretz and Jesse Creed accept developer and/or special interest money from outside the district, Mark Herd polls at 43% with ZERO special interest, developer or outside the district contributions!
Watch the FIRST CD5 FORUM NOW! 
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PAUL KORETZ IS UNDER INVESTIGATION!!!
State Investigates Campaign Donations to   Mayor Garcetti and City Council
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Mark Herd opposes the Caruso project (above & below) and supports Measure S.  Herd believes this project will add more traffic to an already gridlocked intersection near the Beverly Center and is not in line with the character of the community as it blasts right through the specific plan (from 45ft. to 185 ft. high).   Paul Koretz and the L.A. City Council have accepted over $400K in donations from Mr. Caruso and continue to grease the wheels to get this and other projects approved.  Herd is the only candidate that supports Measure S, because it would halt projects like these that violate specific and community plans, add more gridlock and do not support the character of the community.

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In 2008 Herd started organizing the Westwood Neighborhood Council after 5 other groups tried and failed.  Herd chaired the first seven formation meetings, wrote the first set of bylaws and gathered the first 150 signatures to start what turned out to be the #1 Neighborhood Council in  Los Angeles out of 93)   The Westwood  Neighborhood Council (www.WWNC.org) was approved by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners on Jan 19th, 2010.   Herd was elected as a founding member in 2010 and re-elected to the council in 2012. 
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(Above - The only All Candidate U.S. Senate (CA) debate organized and produced by Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Mark Herd, May 15th, 2016)

Mark Herd sponsors only ALL CANDIDATE US Senate debate


(Above) On May 15th, 2016  Herd sponsored and co produces the only ALL Candidate US Senate debate from Monterey CA.
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Los Angeles Times (2/14/13)
  "Both Koretz and his challenger, campaign consultant Mark Matthew Herd, are well versed on the issues that matter to residents of the district, which stretches from Westwood to Beverly Hills and across to the Hollywood Hills, and from Encino to just south of the Santa Monica Freeway. Each has a sensible vision for dealing with local development, arguing for limited growth that balances the economic interests of neighborhoods — i.e., keeping and creating jobs — with the need to control traffic.

Our biggest concern with Koretz is his lackluster leadership on fiscal issues. He's been an honest voice on the council but not always a fiscally prudent one. For instance, he supports Proposition A, a measure on the March ballot that would raise the city's sales tax by half a cent...."

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DO YOR HOMEWORK!
Mark Herd has two opponents: 
Paul Koretz and Jesse Creed
Paul Koretz tried to:
- raise the sales tax!
- raise the residential property tax!
- raise the commercial property tax!
- lease the Encino Fire Station to a voter group for $1/yr. for 30 yrs.
- Paul Accepts DEVELOPER money
- Paul Does NOT support Measure S
Jesse Creed is 31 yrs. old and has ZERO political representative experience Jesse is funded by 3 special interest groups from outside the district.  Do we want law firm, entertainment and media interests calling the shots in the 5th District?  Jesse DOES NOT SUPPORT Measure S and hasn't taken a strong position on anything!  His last job was working for a law firm that represented MAJOR DEVELOPERS!
Paul & Jesse are the
ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATES! 
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Paul Koretz takes credit for the EXPO LINE but what Paul has delivered is the WORST section of the Expo Line.  Koretz' section has a mile-long gap in the bike path.  Koretz' section  has kids  walking  in the  street  because of  a missing sidewalk between the Palms Station and Lycee Francais High School.  Koretz' section has an at grade crossing at Overland Avenue that is worsening gridlock and leading to crashes that prompted neighbors to create a "STOP THE WRECKS ON OVERLAND" Facebook page.  Koretz takes no responsibility for the  Expo's flaws - flaws that were clear when he was a member of the  Expo Board.  At last night's Cheviot Hills  Homeowners Association meeting, he said "we  kind of  knew this would be a  disaster."  (Read Article)
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(Above - Mark Herd speaking at the Congressional 33rd (CA) debate in 2014.  Also pictured Ted Lieu, Marianne Williamson and Elan Carr)
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Mark Herd for LA CD5


(Below)) Mark Herd and Paul Koretz debate Feb. 2013.
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MARK HERD is the ONLY candidate who does not accept donations from all three below:
- Developers
- Special Interest Groups
- Outside the district 
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On October 5th, 2016 Mark Herd was endorsed by Vice Presidential candidate Governor Bill Weld of Massachusetts

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The current City Council continues to find new ways of taxing us.  Recently passed was HHH, a 1.2 billion dollar tax on residential and commercial property owners.  My opponents in this CD5 race, Paul Koretz and Jesse Creed both supported it.  That tax  hurts the business environment in Los Angeles and the quality of life for all of us who live here.  Businesses pass those taxes on to us consumers.  Landlords pass those taxes on to renters. Stakeholders in the 5th district should seek change this election.  MARK HERD  is the only candidate in this race that supports Measure S and lower taxes.    Jesse Creed's last job was at a law firm that represents DEVELOPERS!. Paul Koretz accepts HUGE DONATIONS from DEVELOPERS.  Developers like Caruso continue to grease Ctiy Council members to push their MASSIVE PROJECTS through Neighborhood Council and City Council proceedings.  The net result is gridlock and an ever stressed infrastructure that can't handle the continuous over-development impacts.  Fire department response times are over 5 minutes and our sidewalks, streets and water lines are in total disrepair.  In order to stop this we must start by ending the undue influence of money in city politics.  Proper priorities need to be set.  We need to lower taxes and be fiscally prudent with the precious revenue streams we have.  Angelenos deserve more for their tax dollars, like better sidewalks and roads, better water quality, safer streets and affordable and abundant public transportation and housing.  As a city we need to do more to help the homeless off the streets like keeping our shelters open year round, 24/7/365, instead of closing them for six month's.  We need to allow the  homeless to stay at the shelters ALL DAY instead of kicking them out at five a.m. like we do now in Venice. 
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Instead of kicking them out, let's let them get some rest and eventually connect them to services that help them  find their way to a new job and a new prefab temporary home.   

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Prefab homes (above) cost about $10k per unit and would have a greater impact on those in need of affordable or free housing options than giving ONE homeless person a million dollar condo in Caruso's MASSIVE project on La Cienega.   The LA City Council including my opponent Paul Koretz  used the homeless crisis to push for  residential and commercial property tax increases, waste revenues and help developers with  ridiculous housing schemes.  This scheme benefits developers and dirty politicians while our homeless brothers and sisters  are sleeping and dying on our streets.  This needs to end and the HERD HOMELESS RELIEF PLAN (link)  will do just that in less than five years. 

We need to continue to reduce pollution and strive to become the cleanest city in the world.  A cleaner city brings more businesses and tourists to it than a dirty one.  Traffic and parking need to be addressed and bicycle infrastructure buildouts need to continue. Traffic flow would improve  if there was more manual control of signals on major streets  like Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica Blvd., Ventura Blvd, Pico, Sepulveda etc.   Parking shortages also contribute to traffic congestion as folks drive around endlessly looking for inexpensive parking spots that far too often don't exist.  One can look no further than Venice Beach in July to find a good example of how parking shortages impact traffic and even gridlock.  Don't let developers at your local community meetings tell you you don't need parking, you do.  They are seeking  more sellable floor space.  Los Angeles needs an abundant supply of extremely inexpensive parking to help solve the traffic challenge we face in Los Angeles.  As more and more electric cars take to the streets we need to be ready to park them and to recharge them.  We simply need infrastructure but infrastructure build outs, long overdue in Los Angeles,  DO CREATE JOBS.  Abundant and inexpensive parking not only helps keep traffic down, it helps businesses too, just look at Santa Monica.   Our current City Councilman, Paul Koretz and the L.A. City Council have mismanaged the City's General Fund and betrayed the public trust.   They tried to sell off our parking structures, failed, but still managed to waste 1.75 million trying to do so.  Where did that money go?   

Our current City Councilman Paul Koretz also advocated for the City to lease our Encino Fire Station (now no longer in use) for 1 dollar a year for 30 years.   Paul Koretz did this to garner votes from a specific sector of the community but as a result the City  is out  millions of desperately needed revenue to help fix our city streets, sidewalks  and other infrastructure projects long overdue.  And what of the neighboring school, don't they have a say?  Paul seemed to have left them out of the discussions but of course that didn't work, even made matters worse.

Neighborhood Council funding also decreased  while Paul was in office.  Our Neighborhood Councils could do so much more if adequately funded and I intend to push for NC funding increases.  The public loves to come to a meeting where good food is served and good neighbors are around.  Public participation delutes the impact of money in politics.  Neighborhood Councils can do so much for our local schools, parks, clubs and organizations if just given the chance via increased funding and public input.  We also need to bring more City-Decision-Making to the Neighborhood Council level.

Paul Koretz has left CD5 in worse shape than when he found it and issues like billboard blight, traffic, infrastructure,  reckless over development, parking and homelessness continue to go unresolved. He has done nothing to get money out of politics but instead has set a new bar for bringing money into LA City politics.  Paul Koretz is a metaphor for bad government.  Our City needs new leadership that puts the residents needs and wants above the needs of greedy businessmen.  Our City Council sits by while  costs go up  on Angelenos in the form of higher taxes, higher housing costs and higher energy costs.   That's not to mention school bonds and parcel taxes, which are  also paid by businesses.  Los Angeles now ranks as one of the 20 most expensive cities in  which to do business in  the Western United States. 
Our campaign is principled and we do not accept special interest money from inside or outside the district like  Jesse Creed and Paul Koretz who accept large donations from developers and/or their law firms, family members and other connections.   Both Paul and Jesse are collecting MASSIVE AMOUNTS  of MONEY  from SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS outside the district.   Do you want special interest groups from OUTSIDE the district representing you?  100% of our donations come from individuals living INSIDE the district, not special interest groups with projects coming up before the council.  If you want money out of politics, don't let it in.  Vote for Mark Herd on March 7th, 2017.
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(Above - Mark Herd and Alex Appleby, 2016 Libertarian candidates at U.S. Senate Debate in Stockton)

 Herd was endorsed by the Libertarian Party twice, as a candidate for Congress 33rd district in 2014 and as a candidate for US Senate in 2016 (Above).  He has been an active member in the party not only as a delegate to the National Convention in 2016 but as the organizer of the Venice Beach Libertarian Club. 
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Stop More Tax Increases - Stop Paul Koretz

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To register to vote go to a public library, a DMV or a Post Office, fill out the Voter Reg Card and mail it in, it's free!
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"This campaign is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Mark Allan Feldman and the principled campaign he ran for POTUS.  He was a good friend and dedicated Libertarian.  He taught me to fight money in politics at every corner and to teach others to do the same by example, not just words alone. " mmh

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