Vote #1 Ilan for Cambridge City Council Tomorrow is Election Day!

Vote #1 Ilan for Cambridge City Council Tomorrow is Election Day!

Tomorrow is election day, Go Vote! Vote #1 Levy, Ilan for Cambridge City Council, read more to know why...

Dear Cambridge,

After 74 years of Plan E, a paternalist white privilege form of government, it is time we go back to Democracy by adopting charter Plan B, directly elected Mayor form of government, and enhance it to make Cambridge a beacon of Democracy. Here are the 4 changes I propose to reach our goal of a rule of and by the People.

1. Term limits:
Terms limits are essential, as unfortunately voters are not term limits, and the proof is in the numbers, 95% of politicians seeking reelection, at federal, state, and local level get re-elected. We therefore need term limits, because it’s about engagement and participation. Without term limits the politician, with the necessary constituency, get reelected over and over again, which is not in itself bad in all cases, but inevitably is going to lead to disengagement... if a large number of people dislike that politician, since they can’t get her/him out through their vote, they will just pull out, stop participating. If we had 8 years term limits, instead of pulling out, the people would know their is an end to the time of that politician in office, and would get engage, and try to elect someone more to their liking when the opportunity comes. Term limits are about keeping us engage in our local government. Terms limits are also about participation. If we have 8 years term limits over a 20 year period 3 people will be doing public service, versus 1 individual staying 20 years, and becoming a professional politician, often serving more their interest than the interest of the people that elect them. Those 3 people could share their knowledge and be essential in helping others participating, just like for the presidency of the United States. Democracy is about us, the People, being active participant in our local government. Plan E does exactly the opposite, it’s a paternalist system rooted in white privilege, driving us, the People, away from civic engagement

2. Publicly financed campaigns:
We know the rational, let's take corporate and wealth money out of politics as they buy directly or indirectly influence. Cambridge is particularly well suited to adopt publicly financed campaigns, we have an annual budget of $550 Millions, our biannual budget is $1.1billion, and currently incumbents are spending an average of 50K of corporate and wealth monies on campaigns. If we were to spend 4 million dollar of that 1.1 billion, less than 0.37% of our budget we could finance 80 candidates. 80 candidates is much more than we would ever have, and 4 millions is a drop in the bucket that is our budget, and really an investment in the people of Cambridge, and in the ideal that is Democracy. Henceforth lets take money out of politics all together.

3. Transparency and Accountability
Transparency means clarity and simplicity of the processes. Simple and clear processes enable us the citizen to participate in a more effective manner, and to make sure we intervene at the right moment to best influence the final decision. Simple and clear processes are also necessary to make sure the people in charge of said processes can be held accountable. In our current environment they are insulated by complex legal language which makes them unaccountable. To have the rule of and by the people, transparency for accountability is essential.

4. Directly elected Mayor:
A directly elected Mayor can offer a vision and a plan for our city, a City Manager cannot. And the weak city council is a hodgepodge of different policies that are good campaign material but never materializes in effective policy. In order to address the deep, and important issues facing our city with need leadership, and this leadership can only come from a directly elected Mayor. I would also like to point out that Boston and Somerville and NY have not done too bad under a directly elected Mayor. And to point to the City Manager as the sole reason for our good financial fortune is ludicrous, and ignores one of the main tenant of real estate: location, location, location.

This election, I stand as a choice between the status quo, the dictatorship of the financial imperative that is Plan E, and a directly elected Mayor, who will balance the financial and social imperatives and offer us the leadership necessary to concretely address the big issues facing Cambridge: affordability, displacement, sustainability, and livability.

Tomorrow is election vote #1 Levy, Ilan so together we can bring back Democracy to Cambridge.

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Together Rebuilding Democracy

#1 Levy, Ilan S. For Justice, For Democracy, For Cambridge City Council
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