Odysseus Bostick, candidate for City Council in LA’s district 11 (which includes the Venice-Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, and Marina Del Rey), is kicking off his campaign with a community service day in Westchester on Saturday, December 1st that is centered around a community clean up.
¨Here in Westchester, our streets haven´t been cleaned with any regularity for as long as I can remember and the commonly used excuse about the budget is getting as stale as the trash piling up around us, ¨ says Bostick. With this clean up, his campaign hopes to highlight not only sanitation issues in the city but what he calls a ¨huge deficit in creativity¨ on the part of those working in the city council office.
¨Did you know that nearly every high school requires its students to complete community service hours each year to graduate? Why hasn’t our council office created a program to proactively manage those hours yet in a way that both engages our future generations in the way our city works while utilizing those service hours to compensate for the budget cuts in city services, ¨ asks Bostick.
Bostick, a teacher and father of three, is running on a reform platform that begins with our city’s budget. “We have structural deficits in our city’s pension system that are growing each year in a budget that is closed and secretive. Worse, our elected officials are more interested in creating unsustainable policies that curry favor with their political backers than they are in serving the community. I believe it’s time to elect leaders who put people first and political interests last.”
Bostick serves on the Westchester Neighbors Association, works on the Growth and Transition Team of Broadway Elementary Mandarin Immersion Pilot Program, and is involved with the philanthropic arm of West LA Parents of Multiples group.
Residents who wish to participate in the clean up event, can visit http://www.bostick4la.com/westchester_cleanup to sign-up. Volunteers can pitch in with the community clean. The Bostick team will also be collecting uniforms from AYSO families who wish to donate them to Peace Passers, a non-profit that recycles soccer uniforms in order to provide impoverished kids in the third world with equipment to play. We will also be collecting socks, coats, and canned food for area’s needy families. If you can’t make it that day, please contact us to arrange for a pick-up.