The Mayoral Candidate Video Series: Jan Perry

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 , Kevin James

“This is a perfect example of my vision of Los Angeles, because you’ll be able to live in the city and not need a car.”

Council Woman Jan Perry’s video interview with Streetsblog stands out with us for a couple of reasons. She is the only candidate to “pledge” to fight to keep transit fares where they are. She talks about providing transit for the car-free as a highest priority. But what stands out most is her choice for time and place for the interview.

Perry chose the Flower Street Expo Station at night. During the interview trains whisked past, commuters smiled and sometimes waived at Perry, providing a contrast with the car horns that sounded support for James and Pleitez earlier.

The station, and the surrounding area, the surrounding Transit Oriented Development and the pedestrian walkways that provide access on both sides, are projects she fought for as City Council Member and Expo Construction Authority Board Member.

While Perry stopped short of specific projects she would endorse, she instead presented a vision for Los Angeles, a vision represented by the Expo Station and all that we could see from the platform, a vision of a city where people could move freely throughout whether they chose to have a car or not.

  • Bert Green

    Jan is the best.

  • Joe B

    Would it be possible to turn down the weird music in the background, or alternatively post a transcript? 

  •  Why
    haven’t you lifted a finger to help all the actual artists in your arts
    district, Jan? You’ve allowed condo developers and retail businesses
    to illegally use legal Artist in Residence units and push all the actual
    artists out around them in what is supposed to be a creative
    environment for artists, and in the heart of the LA arts district.
    Developer Paul Solomon and the owners of Wurstkuche restaurant are still
    to this day, illegally using legal AIR lofts for illegal commercial
    uses, and all the while displacing all the long time actual artists
    around them. Why is that okay? How is that leadership?

  • Karen

    Jan is smart, bright, and I like her ideas of mixing in walking paths, small parks near transportation. Our city should be more accessible in so many more ways than just cars.

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