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SAME PAGE/MISMA PAGINA COALITION

California ID# 990464 P.O. Box 7141 Van Nuys CA 91409-7141 (818) 539-5910 info@sfvnow.org

San Fernando Valley/Northeast Los Angeles NOW PAC

CALLAC, P.O. Box 433 Torrance CA 90508-0433 (213) 787.5476 California LULAC Institute (CLI), aaluevano@aol.com Todos Unidos, aamentor2000@aol.com Joint Candidate Interview Committee of the Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition 2012 Candidate Questionnaire For candidate convenience, the Same Page/Misma Pagina Coalition will jointly consider candidates questionnaires and jointly interview candidates. SFV/NELA NOW and CALLAC will make their own independent endorsements; CLI and Todos Unidos do not endorse as 501(c)(3) non-profits, but participate for purposes of political education for the public. The process begins with your submission of responses to the following questionnaire: Name of Candidate: Wendy Greuel Office Sought: Mayor of Los Angeles Party affiliation: Democrat Occupation: Los Angeles City Controller Are you a NOW Member? I have been a member in the past but do not believe my membership it current. LULAC Member? No If not, would you like to join? Yes (Contact SFV LULAC directly) If yes, enclose check for $40.00 made out to NOW and specify chapter affiliation: SFV/NELA___X__ 1

Issues 1. Define feminism and state whether you are a feminist. Feminism is a social and political movement dedicated to achieving full and equal rights for women. As a strong advocate for equality for all, including the rights of women, I am proud to identify as a feminist. 2. Are you "pro-choice? Explain your views on the following issues: (a) legally imposed waiting periods for the termination of pregnancies (b) legally required spousal and/or parental notifications as a requisite for a minor to get an abortion (c) bans on specific termination procedures, such as so-called partial birth abortion (d) residency requirements for women to lawfully seek abortions (e) restrictions on government funding (f) codification of Roe vs. Wade? Yes, I am unequivocally pro-choice and will continue to work hard to ensure all women have equal and affordable access to safe reproductive health care, including abortion care. A) A woman should not have to endure an artificial waiting period before proceeding with a legal medical procedure such as abortion. B) Again, as part of a womans right to choose, she may be in a situation in which it is dangerous for her to notify her spouse of her pregnancy and should have the right to make the decision on her own. C) I agree with Senators Boxer and Feinstein that late term abortions can be necessary and should be legal to protect the health of the mother. D) There should not be residency requirements for women seeking abortions. For many reasons, women may need to travel to another state to access safe and legal abortion care, and that option should be available regardless of where they live. E) I do not believe there should be restrictions on government funding for reproductive or abortion care. F) We must do all we can to protect Roe v. Wade so women are always protected under the law and empowered to make the best decision for their own lives and bodies.

3. How many beds are available in the jurisdiction you are running in for battered women and children? What will/can you do to increase available facilities?

There are approximately 10 emergency shelters and 17 transitional shelters for battered women and their children in Los Angeles County. While the number of beds is not publicized due to safety reasons, we do know that there are not enough available for those who need shelter from their batterers. I plan to do the following to increase available facilities: 1. Work together with the shelter agencies, CDD, and Council offices to seek available funding for shelters within the City of Los Angeles; 2. Partner with the shelter agencies to apply for federal and state grants to create opportunities for expansion. The City of Los Angeles currently provides funding through the Community Development Department to domestic violence shelter operators within the city limits. As of April 2012, there were a total of 626 available beds funded at 18 sites in 12 Council Districts (they serve all City residents). There are other shelters which are not funded by CDD, but clearly insufficient to meet the needs of a city the size of Los Angeles. Domestic violence shelter programs are an over-burdened and under-funded safety net for some of the City's most vulnerable citizens. Even at the current level of funding, shelters are already turning away a growing number of women and children requesting shelter. Being forced to turn away a woman can be life threatening to her. City funding for emergency and transitional domestic violence is entirely funded by federal CDBG funds through the Consolidated Plan. Federal budget challenges and reduced CDBG funding to LA led to an 11% decrease in funding this past year for domestic violence shelter operations contractors. These cuts have put immense pressure on an already stressed system. In Mayor Villaraigosas proposed 2012 budget, it noted that the reason the City is receiving a reduction to its CDBO allocation is "primarily due to a decrease in the City's concentration of people living in poverty since the 2000 Census and an increase in eligible CDBO entitlement communities". In the 2011 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Homeless Count, overall numbers showed a 3% reduction in the homeless population compared to the 2009 Homeless Count. At the same time, however, the 2011 homeless subpopulation data shows an increase in the number of homeless survivors of domestic violence from 3,762 to 4,610 people, an increase of over 22%. It is clear from LAHSA's homeless count that for low-income victims of domestic violence, homelessness is on the rise. Funding constraints are a significant barrier to increasing shelter bed capacity. To increase capacity:

1) We need to work with federal government to advocate for restored funding for CBDO/CDBG funds and also seek any additional federal funds available for both shelter and supportive services for victims of intimate partner violence. 2) Advocate for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), (Senate version - S1925) which includes increased resources for immigrant and LGBTQ victims. 3) Play a role to support local providers in their efforts to access private and government funds for additional shelter beds. We also need to provide funding for non-shelter based services, including counseling, case management, legal assistance and other resources to ensure the immediate safety of clients and to provide them with services that will lead to self-sufficiency and independence from the abuser.

4. Do you support the Equal Rights Amendment and how will you work for its passage? I am a firm supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. I have stood firmly for womens rights and equality throughout my life and my career while I was on the City Council, I introduced numerous pieces of legislation that supported the rights of women. As Mayor, I will continue to work for its passage and fight to ensure that our City and Country are free from discrimination.

5. What have you done to elect (and appoint) more women and more feminists to public office? Since I first started my career in public service, I have faced the many challenges of gender inequality in the political process. It is because of my first-hand experience, and my belief that our government should have full gender equality in its representation, that I have been dedicated to electing and appointing more women and feminists to public office throughout my career. As we all know, there is currently only one woman serving on the Los Angeles City Council. As Supervisor Gloria Molina recently highlighted in a Daily News article, one of the reasons for the lack of women is because women serving in public office do not recruit and support women to serve once they leave that office. I was proud to recruit and support a woman to run for my City Council seat when I was termed out, and have always helped to mentor, recruit and support women throughout my career. I am a member and have been involved in the efforts of the National Womens Political Caucus, whose primary mission is to elect pro-choice women to public office. I have also worked with HOPE PAC to encourage and support Latinas

running for public office, and with the womens collaborative to get more women appointed to commissions. Additionally, many of my senior staff members, at the City level and on my campaign, are women. It is critical that we support women at all levels of the political process, and that is something I will continue to do as the first ever woman to serve as Mayor of Los Angeles. 6. Do you support the Model Ordinance for Citizen Oversight of Police Misconduct If not, explain your views on the issues it raises. As Mayor, I will fully support the principles laid out in the Model Ordinance for Citizen Oversight of Police Misconduct, while protecting the rights of the dedicated rank-and-file officers who serve our city. I am proud to have the endorsement of John Mack, civil rights leader and Vice President of the Board of Police Commissioners. I am deeply committed to working with law enforcement and community leaders to ensure that our neighborhoods remain safe and that every Angelenos rights are protected.

7. Do you support SFV/NELA NOW sponsored AB 1617? Will you sponsor adoption of it as a policy of the governmental body you are seeking to be a part of? If you do, may we list you as an endorser? If not, explain your views on the issues it raises. Harassment and discrimination has no place in the workplace, and we must do everything we can create a safe and positive work environment for all people in Los Angeles. Part of that means having competent investigators who can accurately determine whether a complaint is reasonable. AB1617 takes fair steps to ensure that investigators are trained and understand the issues when examining workplace harassment, and I support it. Workers should never feel that they are being treated unfairly or that they have no recourse, and I support strengthening existing state laws to make sure that all Angelenos and Californians are treated fairly. 8. Do you support a legislatively enacted Fast Track mandate for the determination of family/child support issues? If not, explain your views. Yes. Parents should not have to wait to receive family/child support, which in many cases is often money that the parent needs to provide basic needs (food, shelter, education) for their children. We must do all we can to support these parents and families, and create a judicial structure that allows for quick evaluations and rulings. 9. Do you support SFV/NELA NOWs proposed criminalization of aiding and abetting child support non-payment along with its provision creating a

private cause of action against the aiders and abetters? If you dont support it, explain your views. Yes. SFV/NELA NOWs proposal will go a long way to cracking down on those not paying child support and supporting victims who need child support to adequately provide for their family. 10. Do you support bringing back intentional cruelty as a California cause of action for divorce, with automatic bifurcation of marital status, as a ground for a greater allocation of income and assets to a spouse and/or children who have been the victims of on-going domestic abuse? Throughout my career, I have been committed to protecting victims of domestic abuse. I have advocated forcefully for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, am a proud supporter of Safe Passages and, as Controller, I have conducted audits to help the LAPD identify and end the rape kit backlog. I believe that those who are victims of ongoing domestic abuse should have the full support of our judicial system, and as the first woman mayor of Los Angeles, I will ensure that women have the support and resources they need to protect themselves and their children from domestic violence.

11. Do you support amending the California Evidence Code to preclude the introduction of evidence that a spouse failed to have formal police reports of abuse made unless the spouse who wishes to introduce such evidence to disprove allegations of abuse first demonstrates that the police department(s) with jurisdiction had realistic procedures and actual practices in effect that would actually protect women from further abuse following an arrest or report of the alleged abuse? Yes. "Murder at Home", a 2005 study by the California Women's Law Center, noted that most homicide victims who were abused by their partners never directly sought help from legal or community resources for domestic violence. Sixty-eight (68%) percent of abused murder victims never obtained, or attempted to obtain, a protective order against their abusive partner, and only 20% had an active restraining order against their abuser at the time of the murder. Further, only 14% of victims who were abused sought domestic violence related services from hospitals, shelters, and/or community based organizations prior to their murders. Given that domestic violence has far-reaching effects in the lives of the adults and children who have experienced it, law enforcement needs to work closely with domestic violence (DV) providers to ensure that families escaping DV can find safe refuge and access a comprehensive array of services. Given that the risk increases immediately after a victim leaves, it is critically important for police

departments and other first responders to understand the dangers and try to connect victims with providers that can address the immediate short-term effects of DV. In an ideal situation, abused spouses would also be connected to services that will help to prevent or reduce the crippling long-term effects, such as depression, suicide, chronic health problems, joblessness, chronic homelessness, poverty, and ongoing legal woes. 12. As of 2003 only 6.2% of the private investigators admitted to the panel created by the Los Angeles Superior Court judiciary were female and less than 20% were minorities. Since then, the number of women have declined while only a handful are even fluent in foreign languages, including Spanish. Do you agree that the State of California should standardize court panel rules, permit panel members to bargain collectively over wages and working conditions, and forbid arbitrary criteria for admission to judicially created panels of attorneys, investigators, and experts? If not, explain your views. I believe first and foremost in the collective bargaining process, which is required under state law, and firmly believe that it is important for everyone to have a seat at the table when negotiating working conditions and fair wages. Los Angeles Superior Court panels should reflect the diversity of Los Angeles and should have the right to negotiate. 13. The Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees elects members atlarge. This has resulted in a situation in which if a person drives from the Westside home of the farthest northern trustee in 90068, to the next south in Beverly Hills, to the 90035 home next south, and finally to the 90045 home of the farthest south Westside trustee, the entire trip will take approximately one-half hour. Two other trustees live only minutes apart in zip codes 90041 and 90042 in the Northeast Los Angeles area. This leaves South Central, East and Southeast Los Angeles virtually unrepresented and for years, the San Fernando Valley went unrepresented until a recent appointment. Do you support electing college board trustees by district? Why or why not? It is critical that all Angelenos are represented fully by each of our governing bodies, including the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. As a member of Mayor Tom Bradleys administration and as a City Councilmember representing the San Fernando Valley, and now as Controller, I have been committed to ensuring that all our communities have equal access to city services and representation. We need elected officials who understand the hopes and challenges of those whom they have the privilege to serve, especially in the area of education. 14. A. The human resources specialists of the Los Angeles Unified School District who conduct investigations into employee disciplinary matters by

their own admission in testimony before a hearing officer, have no formal training in how to detect deception and automatically give more credence to statements made by managerial witnesses, such as principals, than to other witnesses. Additionally, an attorney employed by the General Counsels office was overheard by the Presidents of SFV LULAC and SFV MAPA (who are both board members of SFV NOW) laughing and joking about the accent of an immigrant student whod testified before the LAUSD Personnel Board. In spite of notification of this outrage, then-Superintendent Brewer and the General Counsels office never even bothered to interview the witnesses. In another incident, LAUSD refused to conduct an investigation into why Steve Rooney arrested for child molestation covered up a criminal assault and battery on a substitute teacher by failing to report it to the police while telling the victim that he had. Will you support establishment of an independent commission of representatives of civil rights organizations and professional investigative organizations to examine the policies and procedures by which the LAUSD human resources department, the General Counsels office, and other LAUSD institutions conduct investigations and remediation into employee disciplinary matters and complaints of harassment, retaliation, and discrimination, including examination of whether the principles of AB 1617 should be implemented in the district? B. Similarly to the LAUSD, the Los Angeles City personnel investigators who are assigned to investigate discrimination, harassment, and retaliation have admitted that they have no training in how to detect deception in investigative interviews and have never been tested on their ability to do so. Do you support incorporating the provisions of AB 1617 as a municipal ordinance binding on city employment related investigations? As the City Controller, I conducted an audit of the LAUSD and their Construction management practices. In the case of LAUSD, the safety of our kids should our number one priority, and I absolutely believe that the principles of AB 1617 should be implemented. Investigators should absolutely be trained and capable of conducting these investigations. I have found examples of fraud, waste and abuse in City government, and have worked on holding Departments and City officials accountable for their actions. I have also advocated for seeking restitution for City employees who have been found guilty of job related crimes. 15. Do you support the California Supreme Courts finding that marriage is a fundamental right that it enunciated in Perez v Sharp (declaring laws against inter-racial marriage unconstitutional) and more recently when striking down laws against same-sex marriage? Do you support the right of people to enter into same-sex marriages as a matter of California law? If not, why not?

Yes. I am proud that throughout my career I have been on the frontlines of fighting for equal rights. I supported legislation and fought to invalidate Proposition 8, spoke in favor of the recent Supreme Court Decision in support of marriage equality and have officiated many same-sex wedding ceremonies during the legal window in 2008. Also, I was a leader on the Citys Equal Benefits Ordinance to provide equal treatment for all City employees. I will continue to fight for marriage equality until it is legally recognized for all people.

16. Legislating the goal of the Same Page/Misma Pagina/Ddok Got Eun Page/Haman Safhe Coalition of adopting a Recommended Amendment to Remedy Chilling Effect of Ruling in Hoffman Plastics vs. NLRB? I am committed to ensuring safety and fairness at the workplace, and I support efforts to strengthen protections for workers from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, or other threats. Nobody should feel threatened in any way when they are at work, and I support workers' ability to seek civil damages if they feel their rights have been violated. 17. Amending Section 834c of the California Penal Code: A. To require mandatory Vienna Convention notifications for Mexican nationals and the citizens of any other Western Hemisphere nation that desires inclusion? B. To place Vienna Convention notifications to detained individuals on a par with Miranda warnings for purposes of suppression of evidence remedies available under the California and United States Constitutions?

All detained individuals from foreign countries should be treated humanely. We should abide by the Vienna Convention and all other applicable laws. 18. Enacting legislation to make the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights self-executing? I fully support the principles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which guarantees fundamental rights and protections to people across the world. Where necessary, I will work with legislative bodies at all level to ensure that Los Angeles is a leader in civil rights protections. These are the values I have championed throughout my career and that I will continue to fight for as Mayor.

19. Enacting legislation to make the provisions of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) self-executing?

I am deeply committed to ending discrimination against women in all spheres: economic, political and social. I am constantly moved by Madeleine Albrights words that, There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. Throughout my career, I have worked to achieve full equality for women, and as an Los Angeles City Councilmember, I supported the motion to get CEDAW recognized. As Mayor, I will continue my work to break down the remaining barriers at all levels that create or enable discrimination against women.

20. Enacting legislation to make the provisions of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination self-executing? Throughout my career, beginning in the administration of Mayor Tom Bradley, I have worked to combat racial discrimination and violence based on hate and fear. Racism and hate crimes not only injure the immediate victim but terrorize the entire community. They have no place in Los Angeles, and I will work closely with partners in law enforcement and the community to ensure that every Angelenos civil rights are protected. 21. Enacting legislation to make the provisions of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment self-executing? Yes. I support the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment. We must make every effort to take effective measures to prevent torture to protect our civil rights, and ensure that torture is a criminal offense.

22. Do you support federal passage of Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity? Yes, I strongly support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I have worked on this and related issues throughout my career, and I was a leader on the Citys Equal Benefits Ordinance to provide equal treatment for all City employees.

23. Passing a resolution supporting an end to United States (E.E.U.U.) unilateralism in legislating immigration law and calling upon President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to invoke Article 21 of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (Treaty) for resolution of all issues between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico, including but not limited to: A. Immigration policy B. Remedies for violations of and non-implementation of the Treaty and

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the Protocols of Quaretaro (Protocols) by the United States of America Remedies and recompense for the ethnic cleansing (the Repatriation program of the Hoover Administration) of 2,000,000 residents of the United States of America in the 1930s, 1.2 million of whom were American citizens

As Mayor of Los Angeles, I will work to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform on the Federal level. I would support a pathway to citizenship and I have supported President Obamas Executive Order - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program - which would stop deporting younger undocumented immigrants and grant work permits for some Dream Act eligible students.

24. A resolution urging a retroactive pardon for the purported crimes of Joaquin Murrieta and an official apology to his descendants for the failure of the State of California to prosecute gabachos who lynched his brother and gang raped his wife. The alleged violent crimes against Murrieta and his family are egregious and should be acknowledged.

25. Legislatively mandating that the affirmative defense of unclean hands is a foresclosure action and/or an unlawful detainer action related to foreclosure is an absolute defense and may be used to abate a legal action if the foreclosing party violated public policy in making, selling, trading, and/or servicing the loan or assumed the liability for such a violation when taking possession and/or control of the loan? Housing issues have been a priority throughout my career, especially when I had the honor to serve with Andrew Cuomo and Henry Cisneros at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ensuring that every Angeleno has a safe and affordable home is critical to our citys future. During the recent foreclosure crisis, thousands of our citys homeowners were faced with or became victims of foreclosure. I will work closely to ensure that the new protections created by the California Homeowner Bill of Rights are enforced fully in Los Angeles, and that victims of wrongful foreclosure receive justice.

26. Strengthening the traditional American abolition of imprisonment for debt by prohibiting municipal governments from criminalizing non-payment of taxes as a stand alone violation.

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As Mayor of Los Angeles, I will work to help, not punish, those who are struggling with debt. This is key to our citys economic recovery. As Controller, I have exposed the millions of dollars owed to our city. This is the debt we need to be focused on, rather than wasting precious resources to penalize struggling families.

27. Do you support abolition of the death penalty? While I believe the death penalty is appropriate in certain cases, I believe that the policy should be reexamined in light of recent research showing prisoners on death row exonerated due to DNA evidence. 28. Do you support limiting the application of the Three Strikes law to serious and violent felonies only? We need a criminal justice system that is fair and equitable. I believe in the changes implemented by Prop. 36, limiting 25-years-to-life sentences only to defendants with a third strike that is serious or violent. E-Mail your response as a Word, Open Office Writer or PDF attached file to: SFV/NELA NOW info@sfvnow.org CALLAC callac@janbtucker.com CLI aaluevano@aol.com Todos Unidos aamentor2000@aol.com

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