The Mayoral Candidate Interview Series: Kevin James


Filmed, directed, and edited by Shireen Alihaji and Kris Fortin
Produced by Damien Newton for Streetsblog Los Angeles
Questions from: Bus Riders Union, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Los Angeles Walks, Occidental College UEPI, Southern California Transit Advocates and Streetsblog Los Angeles.
Previous Video: Emanuel Pleitez 

Following our interview with Emanuel Pleitez, Streetsblog L.A. visited Kevin James at his campaign headquarters on Ventura Boulevard. We interviewed James right on the street.

James sprinkled his support for better transit, bicycling and walking with some specifics. He stated a clear priority for completing rail access to LAX, a Crenshaw Line with a station at Leimert Park, and finishing the Westside Subway. James also notes that previous bike plans have gathered dust or had very partial implementation… so, if L.A. wants to move up the bike friendly city hierarchy it’s going to have to actually implement the plans it has.

One of the differences between James and the other interviews is his emphasis on how money put in the city’s special parking revenue fund aren’t being used to improve the community where they come from or the transportation infrastructure in Los Angeles. A little Shoupian theory from the only Republican in the field? We’re not in New York.

The primary election is March 5. Assuming there is a runoff, it will be held on May 21. For more information on our film series, see this post announcing the series from last Friday.

  • grrlyrida

    Oops. It says the video is private.

  • Ubrayj02

    You think next time you could lavalier mix the guy?

  • LAofAnaheim

    A problem I have with James is that he considers Perry, Gruel and Gracetti the “Antonio foot soldiers”. For anybody into urban development and transportation, we know that Antonio has done the best possible (esp. for transit ) in LA. James is only taking over the Westside Subway Extension and Cresnhaw Line projects because Antonio provided the funding and got an illegal ban overturned. So he will use Antonio’s successes, but blame him t the same time…thus I don’t like his character.

  • That’s my bad. I brought a mic that died part way through the sound test. second time using it, i thought the battery had a little more life than that. 

  • Irwinc

    James disqualified himself as a serious candidate when he voiced support for the frivolous Beverly Hills lawsuits over the Century City subway station. Also his beef about parking revenue is best characterized as accidental. His main concern is not that parking revenue is not used to improve the community. He has problem with the way the city is using special funds to pay bills that should be paid from general fund. He is no Shoupian on it comes to parking… If you saw the tv debate, he wants more free parking and lower parking fines. And in the video above, he couldn’t even name one corridor is LA that could use bus lanes. He is the worst candidate for LA mayor if you care about transit.

  • Ubrayj02

    Oh man! Rookie mistake! I heard enough horror stories from Dj Chicken Leather and Steve from the Bike Oven about lav mics to know about that. Backup batteries gotta be in the bag before you head to the job.

  • Karen

    Kevin James has real promise in the political arena. Whatever happens in the L.A. Mayoral race, I hope he gets himself to Washington D.C sometime in the future. He is an excellent speaker, and presents his ideas clearly and with conviction. He has integrity and I like his character.

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