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STUMPED: Meet City Controller Hopeful Jeff Bornstein
The latest in our series of user-friendly profiles on the local candidates running for public office
On background: Bornstein has been a local business owner for 30 years, as well as a lifelong Angeleno and Democrat. He received his B.A. in political science in 1984 from Cal State University, Northridge, and is a member of the Americans for Democratic Action. Bornstein is something of an environmentalist and has been a member of the Sierra Club for 25 years.
Current platform: Like most candidates, Bornstein aims to attack waste, fraud, and abuse. He says he wants to get people to think about how Los Angeles can be more profitable so the city can serve its citizens without taxing them as much as it does today. If elected, he would “attack” pensions and city personnel with a pension tax, though he says he wouldn’t fire a single employee in the process.
Campaign slogan: “Fair is fair and enough is enough.”
In his/her corner: The National Organization for Women endorsed Bornstein in 2009. Their 2013 endorsement is pending.
The City Controller acts as Big Brother to the other government offices—not the most glamorous of positions. What draws you to the job?
I’m looking for a win-win situation here. We need to save money and we aren’t doing enough for the taxpayer. We haven’t had much thorough oversight. We need to get to a point where we don’t keep raising taxes—where we are treating the citizens as citizens, not an ATM.