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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
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City of Los AngelesCandidate for Controller

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Kenneth Mejia

Certified Public Accountant
513,288 votes (63.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Homelessness: Account and audit homelessness funds and programs. Audit and calculate the cost of homeless encampment sweeps and criminalization. Create maps and tools to help unhoused people connect to services.
  • Housing: Work with the LA Housing Department to create a database of all housing units in the City of LA updated with current vacancy information, pricing, and ways to apply. Calculate how much it would cost to build quality public housing.
  • Environment: Account and audit funds and programs that address climate change. Audit Mayor Garcetti's Green New Deal. Push to eliminate all fossil fuel drilling, refining, and infrastructure. Audit fossil fuel investment in the City's portfolio.

Experience

Biography

I was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley with my three siblings in a Catholic household. Like many other immigrant families, my parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in search of better opportunities. Unfortunately when I was 7, my parents got divorced and I was raised by my mother. She worked from morning until night as a registered nurse to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. She even beat cancer twice and to this day, she cares for her elder siblings and grandchildren. My upbringing in a working class neighborhood in an immigrant single-mother household would eventually shape most of my life to work just as hard as her and to care for others.

I graduated from Woodbury University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting, and soon after, I received my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the state of California working as an auditor for one of the big 4 accounting firms. I worked 60 hours a week auditing multi-million and billion-dollar private and public companies to ensure that their financial statements were in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). My audit experience taught me how to dig into the details, know where everything is, and ensure that every financial transaction had support behind it.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • Los Angeles Times
  • La Opinión
  • Working Families Party

Individuals (2)

  • Rick Cole - Former LA Deputy Mayor of the Budget, Former Mayor & City Manager
  • Assembly Member Isaac Bryan

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 

I am care deeply about human rights and I want to use my expertise as an Auditor and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA):

  • to audit the city's finances
  • to determine departmental effectiveness
  • identify wasteful spending that should be reallocated to other critical parts for the city.

 

I want to provide financial data to the public in a way that is accessible; all too often, financial data can be confusing and overwhelming. I want the people of L.A. to know what the city is spending its money on so they can reach out to their City Council members and fight for the needs of their community.

I also want to educate the public on basic accounting and reading financial data so that they are armed with the knowledge they need not only to fight for a better city, but to make more informed financial decisions in their personal lives as well.

 

The more transparent and accessible the City’s finances are, the easier it is to determine where our city’s priorities lie and where they should.

 

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