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Stephen Box, City Council Candidate, District 4

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Community Voices

"Stephen combines grass roots and real world experience with technology.
While he may be green in terms of environmental issues,
he is not green to resolving problems and bringing people together.
He has been working on issues beyond transportation, is a fast learner,
and works collaboratively with individuals and groups.
While others are explaining why things can't be done in the City,
Stephen has demonstrated leadership to develop solutions -
"Can't do it" isn't in his vocabulary."

~ BOB BLUE, past Chair, Hollywood Studio District NC,
Vice President, Hollywood Highlands Democratic Club

"Stephen is one of those remarkable individuals that sees things
the way they should be and does not accept the status quo.
He is actively engaged in almost every City committee
and appears tireless in his efforts to affect and influence positve change.
I wish Stephen luck in his campaign and look forward
to working with him in the future in whatever capacity that may be."


"I have known Stephen Box for many years and know he will be a tenacious advocate
for our entire community, working tirelessly for innovative solutions
and common sense government."

~ BRIAN SMITH, Producer/Director

"From the moment I met Stephen Box, I was impressed by his integrity,
sincere interest in serving others, and willingness to ask the tough questions.
I believe in Stephen's vision for a better City Council and a better City
and can't wait to have him lead us towards that vision."
~ GARY SLOSSBERG, Attorney at Law, former City Council Candidate for District 13

"Stephen is a smart guy. He does his homework and thinks before he acts.
He knows what he's talking about and is dedicated
to making L.A. the best city in the world."


"Stephen Box will facilitate bridge building from the present into the future
along authentic paths of sustainability. His vision will inspire
widespread participation
in the processes.
His activism will demonstrate collaborate leadership
leading to a healthier more sustainable Los Angeles."

~ LOIS ARKIN, CRSP Institute

"I was happily surprised when I first met Stephen.
- His true love for Los Angeles and his determination to make good things happen
and helping moving the city forward
really impressed me.
- I am convinced that he will be a great leader for Council District 4 and in City Hall."

~ ZIGGI KRUSE, Community Activist

"Stephen Box represents a rare combination in a candidate for public office
in that he is at once passionate, conscientious and well-informed.

As a result he possesses both the energy and the innovative thinking
that can change the way things work in the City of Los Angeles
in ways that benefit everyone who lives and works here."

~ KEITH JEFFREYS, Veteran, U.S. Army Founding Artistic Director
United States Veterans' Artists Alliance

"Energy, persistence, and commitment in action. . . "
~ NOEL WEISS, Petition Circulator/Friend and Advocate for Stephen Box

"Stephen Box has years of experience as a community activist
working tirelessly to make a difference.
He's exactly the person LA needs
on the city council to
get our city back on track."
~ ERIK KNUTZEN, co-author of The Urban Homestead

"Stephen studies issues, looks at the root cause and offers alternatives,
he thinks outside the box. He has the capacity to think on his feet
and is not just a one dimensional person on a bike. After listening to him
in one of our many discussions I am wondering why we don't get that now
from our city council member. All we get now is the same tired approach
and after almost 8 years we need to change the sheets.
A member of the city council works for all Angelenos not the unions.

Stephen has attended more budget meetings in the past year than Mr. LaBonge
to learn the who, what, why, and where. The question is "Where has Mr. LaBonge been?"
After 8 years the current crop of council members have dug this city
into the financial abyss that shows no signs of light.
This job is not God given, it is from the people."

~ Silver Lake Resident

"Stephen knows who to talk to and what to say to get things done in Los Angeles.
He doesn't except excuses for policies that don't put the people of Los Angeles first."

"Box will be a great Council Man for Neighborhood Councils,
for government transparency, for neighborhood empowerment
and for always focusing on results, not intentions."

"One only has to converse with Stephen Box for five minutes to understand
how passionate he is about improving the quality of life for everyone.
He is honest, well-versed
in the important issues of the day,
and deeply committed to serving his community.
I can think of no better person than Stephen to represent his district
as a member of the Los Angeles City Council."

~ BRADDON MENDELSON, Author / Charter School Board Member

"Stephen is the right person for the job, running for LA City Council District 4
and I believe that he can bring change and build a stronger District 4 than ever.
We didn't have NoHo Outdoor Streets Theatre and Arts Festival last summer,
we were wondering why it didn't happen. It was one of the traditions in CCD 4.
Stephen is
also a passionate advocate for the environment, especially sustainable living,
which we need for our neighborhoods. He is also an advocate for deaf artists
and people with disabilities.
He was one of the driving forces in keeping
LA's Department of Disability alive
with other groups
and saved it from disastrous cutbacks."

~CATHERINE MACKINNON, Deaf Actor/Producer/Artist

"Stephen Box is an advocate for the people, free from corruption and special interests.
His fresh ideas would inject city council with much needed change."

"Stephen Box has more integrity in his little finger than most politicians have
in their whole hand. If we want
better government, we need Stephen in office!"
~ GAIL SILVER COVIELLO, Actress, Union Member

"I first met Box when this country had a president who was clumsy (very!) with words
and allowed money to do the talking.
Listen to Box, read his analysis,
and you will meet someone who thinks deep, says it well,
and embodies the ethical principles on which the political process depends.
As a teacher I'd call this A*.
I know that our city needs such voices
to invigorate the political process, and to end the paralysis of incumbents"


"Stephen Box brings dogged determination to every campaign for everyday justice
on behalf of local communities.
And he enjoins the fight with the passion of an activist
informed by the public administrator's organizational savvy.
Stephen fills the yawning gap between the powers and the people
with his working knowledge of bureaucracy.
He formulates and presses demands with a finely-tuned tenor of justifiable outrage
while successfully rallying popular support given his intuitive sense about people.
Between the moral claims on one hand and motivational energy on the other,
Stephen steps in with his inimitable brio and energy.
The people of Los Angeles will be well-represented
by a first-class advocate and activists on City Council in 2011."


"Stephen has always been a great mentor to me - openly sharing information
and insight on how to get things done in the City of LA.
He engages with a powerful combination of authenticity and intelligence;
Los Angelinos would be lucky to have him working for them in City Hall."

~ DR. ALEX THOMPSON, Community Activists & President of Bikeside

"Stephen Box is an inspiring figure in Los Angeles, who understands deeply
what it takes to build livable communities that work.
When there is a problem he gets right to the bottom of it,
and finds solutions. Perhaps more importantly, he coordinates with various parties
and a maze of city agencies to actually implement those solutions.
All this as a community activist. I can only imagine what Stephen could accomplish
on the Los Angeles City Council. Leadership, integrity, a fresh outlook,
and a community focus
like Stephen's is desperately needed at City Hall."


"Hollywood needs a councilman who is more connected to the neighborhood
and all of its stakeholders.
Stephen Box has been a great advocate so far
and would be a great councilman."
~ MEGHAN KAVANAGH, Producer/Writer

"For me, Stephen represents a changing of the guard, a step in the right direction.
Its not just his devotion to local government and community services,
but his approach to problem solving issues as well.
His use of 21st century media, coupled with a drive to bring planning
and transportation sustainability measures
to the forefront of the conversation,
set him apart as a sort of template for what a contemporary candidate should be."


"I would love to see Stephen Box as a councilmember
representing the people of District 4."

"I support Stephen Box not only because he knows more than all of City Hall combined
(about our city and how it works/doesn't work), but he also can explain it to anyone.
He sees people being forgotten and too much possibility going to waste.
He has innovative and simple ideas, complex yet logical. Most importantly,
all ideas are on the table until he finds one that works.
When it comes to making decisions, his priorities are clear
and they all envision a Los Angeles that lives up to her potential."

~ CINDY MARIE JENKINS, Storyteller, Career/Small Business Consultant

"All lot of people know Stephen Box. He's out there in the community all the time..."

"I've lived in Hollywood and the Miracle Mile for the past 11 years and I can't think
of anyone better to take CD-4 in a new, better direction, than Stephen Box.
Stephen cares
not only about the residents of CD-4, but the animals too.
It's time we had an animal lover represent our district!
I'm voting for Stephen Box and you should too!"


"I believe Stephen has the knowledge and courage to tackle the out-of-date,
out-of-touch City policies and union contracts that are destroying our quality of life
and driving the City bankrupt, and the creativity to develop
the new policies and contracts required for a livable, sustainable L.A."


"From the very first meeting with Stephen I sensed that he was
a wonderful and caring person. This has only strengthened in all the years of knowing him.
He is a man that not only talks the talks, but walks the walk.
And I'm constantly amazed at his level of the inter workings of LA's government.
Truly a Council Man for the people, by the people."

~ ALLAN ALESSIO - Bicycle and Low Carbon Activist

"i believe that stephen box would make a great council member!
we need somebody in that office with BALLS!!!"

"...The first step to resolving issues is to identify the problem(s).
Mr. Box is doing that. In fact he is also using the process of elimination technique
by pointing out that resources are on site and therefore funding is not the problem..."

"Mr. Box isn't a hypocrite. He doesn't just talk bikes; he rides them.
Mr. Box is
non-coercive. He does nothing to force people to bike;
rather he pushes the City to allow people to bike without risking their lives.

Mr. Box talks the talk and rides the ride."

"Stephen Box and his lovely wife, Enci, came to our home for dinner on their bikes,
a distance of fifteen or twenty miles. He and Enci were honoring the memory
of Stephen's mother and honoring her dear friend, my wife.

I was impressed with his agenda on behalf of the citizens of Los Angeles.
The following week he was to make a presentation in Los Angeles
and immediately afterwards another in Sacramento.

Stephen is a man of character, action and integrity.
He will be an exceptional member of the Los Angeles City Council."