Jay Schorr: Good News for Hollywood
Dear Fellow Hollywood Citizens ... Friends:
I am NOT a politician.
I am a citizen of Hollywood who has had a enough of the career politicians who are ruining our city. The egomaniacal hacks who think public service is an entitlement program.
If you're sick of the 'usual suspects' who term-out of one elected office and move on to another, with nothing more to show for their efforts than milking taxpayers and padding their own pocketbooks, I'm the candidate for you. Because I am one of you. A citizen who wants the best for Hollywood and its residents. A citizen who will work for you, not against you.
There are a lot more fun things I can think of than running for elected office. Like getting a root canal treatment! Or watching grass grow. But our city is in trouble. And it's time we as citizens step up, and the career politicians step down.
Why I'm Running for Mayor:
Hollywood is a city where gross financial mismanagement, an increasing crime rate, lack of a coordinated redevelopment plan and other problems reign supreme. These problems are symptomatic of incompetent, unresponsive city officials who lack the requisite foresight and capabilities to make Hollywood a true Diamond of the Gold Coast.
As a citizen of Hollywood, I want to help make our great city the best that it can possibly be for those who live, work and play here. Hollywood deserves nothing less.
Qualifications, Experience in Government and Professional Background
I am a renowned visionary in the fields of marketing, advertising, entertainment and government. As a writer, I created a national advertising campaign for Kmart, written books represented by some of the world’s most famous literary agencies, and created an initiative-based system by which citizens can enact their own laws. I want to take that initiative-based system – which gives voters direct input into the law-making process – and implement it in Hollywood. (Click on "Citizen Initiatives" tab at top of page.)
Hollywood, My City of Choice:
I first moved to Hollywood more than 30 years ago, where my wife and I lived in a condo on A1A north of Sheridan Street. After some years of living outside the city, we moved back to Hollywood four years ago where we reside in the Hollywood Lakes area.
I love the city’s understated elegance; it’s sleepy, yet, vibrant feel. Hollywood is a hidden jewel nestled between its urban neighbors to the north and south. Its beautiful beaches, quaint downtown and eclectic architecture are a study in contrast and diversity.
Hollywood's Most Important Issue:
We need to change the way City Hall does business - and fast.
The city is running deficit budgets, and the City Commission is running the city into the ground.
The commission – or more precisely its dysfunctional nature – is threatening the quality of life of every Hollywood citizen. Without a cohesive, ethical and competent legislative body, none of the city’s pressing issues can be satisfactorily addressed. Whether it be financial oversight, smart redevelopment, crime reduction, encouraging commercial investments and/or raising the quality of life for all city residents, it all starts with a responsive city government.
Hollywood, We're Not Going to Take It Anymore. Let's Take Back OUR City From the Corrupt Politicians Who Have Stolen It From Right Under Our Noses.
I am a visionary with a proven track record of success. I am NOT a politician. I am an outsider who is not going to tolerate the status quo. You can never change things for the better by keeping the same policies and mindset that led to the problems. The citizens of Hollywood have made their voices clear: It is time for a major change at City Hall. I am that change.
Here's to our victory in November 2020!
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"Give Yourselves A Break, Hollywood"
NewsFriday, May 22, 2020 5:26 PM
By Jay Schorr
One day. Just one day.
A day when every American – Democrat, Republican, Independent, white, black, Hispanic, et al – puts aside all of their political and social strife, ceases petty bickering, forgoes the name-calling, and instead just reaches out to their fellow countrymen with a gesture of solidarity and hope; a clarion call that we are all one.
You see, folks, history tells us that the road we are traveling leads to a dead end. We’re on a pathway to chaos rooted in fear, greed and intransigence. All the flag waving and political campaign slogans won’t solve the problem. As Abraham Lincoln eloquently summed-up the civil and military strife that engulfed our nation more than 150 years ago: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
Even the COVID-19 pandemic has been politicized to yet further divide Americans. The “reopen the economy now” vs. “wait and see” debate has pitted citizen against citizen, brother against brother. But rather than base their opinions on scientific-predicated data, many Americans are hell-bent on using the debate as a thinly-veiled exercise in political partisanship.
COVID-19 has reminded us - albeit in a harsh way - that nature has a way of bringing things into line when man chooses not to assume the responsibility. “Thanks” to COVID-19's destructive bent, carbon emissions are down 17 percent, crime is down, highway accidents have decreased and other self-inflicted maladies have seen significant downturns. But the one thing that the virus cannot destroy is man’s propensity to destroy himself.
The time has come to vaccinate ourselves with the antibodies of civil strife past; to develop an immunity to the stupidity and ignorance that fuel intolerance and hate. That is the vaccine which must developed immediately. It’s already been tested and it has a one hundred percent cure rate with no side effects.
One day there will be a cure for the greatest threat to man: Man.
Saturday, December 21, 2019 10:30 PM
By Jay Schorr
Term limits. We need them now. At the federal, state and local levels. Without limiting terms of publicly elected officials, the corruption, graft and wholly inefficient operation of the federal government will continue unabated.
No senator or congressman/woman should serve for more than two terms. Elected office is a corrupting influence, transforming well-meaning public servants into megalomaniacal, profit-seeking scoundrels. Senators and congressmen/women spend half their time in office fundraising for their next reelection campaign. That doesn’t leave much time for the doing the will of the American People.
America’s original congressional representatives came to the federal capital for two weeks per year to tend to the country’s lawmaking needs. Many of them paid for their own travel expenses and lodging. They were farmers, businessmen, tradesmen and other workers who were first and foremost, hardworking citizens and part-time legislators. Public office for them was a necessary burden to ensure the survival of our fledgling country; it was NOT a license to live large and perpetually profit at the expense of those they served. In 1789, members of Congress were paid $6 a day.
While today’s complex world necessitates full-time federal legislators, it does not require that these elected officials be given an open-ended run pending reelection. The House and Senate are rife with multi-term elected officials and the results – or, more precisely, the lack thereof - can be seen in the absolute legislative clusterf**k of the past three decades.
For those of you who decry term limits as undemocratic, think about it for a moment. What’s more democratic than a majority of voters opting to impose term limits – a true reflection of the will of the People?
America can no longer sustain a legislative system that is at its very core corrupt and which encourages elected officials to remain far past their fresh dates through seductive salaries, lifelong benefits, perks, and access to power.
We must act quickly before our country terms out.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:50 AM
For the first time in U.S. history, an American city will be run by its own citizens with voters making their own laws, setting budgets, and proposing taxes.
Hollywood, Florida could be first U.S. city to be governed directly by voters
Monday, May 16, 2016 12:00 AM