Dear Fellow Long Beach Resident:
Yes, I'm the man who created the controversial banner and showed the entire Long Beach City Council "Buck Naked", with black censor bars and funny quotes on them like "Show us your financial package." I placed the banner on my building at 3939 E. Anaheim Street in Long Beach. (Click on the TV News Story video above that was on Channel 2 and 9, locally, just to name two. Also, see www.postthefinances.com
for more details about my quest for fiscal transparency.)
It was humorous but there was serious message. I said: "Get Buck Naked".
What do I mean?
I want the Long Beach city politicians to show daily on their official office websites and all city departments how our tax "bucks," in other words, our money, is being spent.
I want them to be honest and accountable to us as taxpayers.
I have championed this "show us the money daily" cause for more than 15 years.
I have written to the current president, the last two presidents, every member of Congress, the 50 governors, mayors of the 200 largest cities, and many, many more politicians, about this
I have received numerous letters in response from politicians like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, to just name two.
They all say it’s a great idea, but none of them has the guts to implement the solution.
If you elect me as Mayor of Long Beach, I will show you, the residents, how the City of Long Beach spends all your money daily—starting with the Mayor’s website.
By the way, doesn't Mayor Mozena have a nice ring to it?
Three years ago this past February, I met with State Controller John Chiang at his downtown Los Angeles office, along with Chief Operating Officer John Hiber by conference phone.
They seem to be advocates of transparency, but I specifically asked them to show Californians daily how much the lottery makes and how much the state spends on education with money from the California lotteries.
We, as Californians, should all be able to see how the state spends the money on our kids. They said they were working on it—that was three years ago.
Even now a Long Beach Councilwoman says Long Beach is going to implement the post the finances idea—seemingly as a result of the bold banner I posted.
But saying and actually implementing the solution are two different things. More than likely, they just want to temporarily squash it as an issue, trying their best to not have me elected.
Politicians say a lot of things but many of them don't do what they say they will do. Obama said he'd be the most transparent president—but he is not.
I talk the talk and walk the walk. My life is testament that I do what I say.
And, yes, I will implement the post the finances solution.
It's election time again here in Long Beach.
Early voting begins March 10, and the primary election is April 8th.
So, will we as citizens elect S.O.S., Same Old Sh-- with a career politician, a lawyer, a teacher, or a wealthy individual?
For example, we have had wealthy individuals run for city, state and national office. Recently Mitt Romney ran for U.S. president, and Meg Whitman and Bill Simon ran for California governor, and of course, let's not forget Ross Perot.
But once they don't get elected they vanish!
Then, for the most part, they don't lend any helping hand to our country, though they said they sure wanted to. If it really were genuine, the passion to help doesn't die with losing an election, not if you really care for America and its citizens. Clearly, they didn't really care about you, me, and our nearly 300 million fellow Americans.
I have tirelessly worked for the good of the citizens since I lived in Venice Beach in 1996, when I became a neighborhood activist at the prompting of the community. I had the city trim palm trees in front of my home. Subsequently, at the request of primarily the "Merchants of Venice," I had the City of Los Angeles trim 600 palm trees, the County of Los Angeles pave parking lots and even enlisted the homeless to help me beautify the beach by painting swings and removing graffiti from road signs.
Think about it. Has a politician really helped you in your life in any concrete way? Likely, the answer is no.
I'm different—I'm unique. I will help you have a better quality of life by showing you how to make more money for you and your family.
So, I hope you cast your vote differently, this time, for your sake!
I'm someone like YOU—who is a husband, dad, and son, who wants to help you and your family—really!
It's time we refuse to re-elect the same old career politicians, teachers and lawyers. They all talk a great talk—because they practice it every day—but when it comes to action, to help you, they
In our country, lawyers and teachers dominate our political process. They shouldn't.
Why? Because they're talkers! They're slick. They're smooth. But mostly just greasy!
We need regular folks like the butcher, the baker, the job creator, a businessman like me, who really cares about creating not just jobs but careers and even small businesses to own and operate.
Right now, we have aristocracy, a meritocracy who graduate from Ivy League schools, as well as a dynasty of families who run our country like we have a monarchy.
In fact, we locally have our version of the Kennedy and Bush dynasties. Jeez, Jeb Bush is thinking of running for U.S. president. Locally, it's time to dethrone our local king, queen, and princess.
How about electing just a plain old regular guy who has common sense for all of us regular people, and will actually help us make more money individually and for our businesses?
We don't need erudite elites who have multiple degrees from Ivy League schools like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford who think they know what's best for us, we need a regular American to help all of our fellow Americans do what we want to do and to do what's right for us, “the people” —not promote and push their own self-serving political agenda.
We need someone who can make common sense decisions for us, the people, with an unswerving ability to be honest and decent, and to listen to and help the people and endeavor to give them what they want and need.
Feel free to surf my mayoral website to see my vision for you here in Long Beach.
The government works for US, we don't work for IT!
So, I'm asking you to please vote for me—Steve Mozena.
Either vote for me now by mail with your vote-by-mail ballot or vote on April 8, 2014, for Steve Mozena for Mayor of Long Beach at your polling place.