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It's no worker's paradise


No question where I stand, eh?


Young, socialist, the Mayoral election's sole gay candidate, and born to undocumented parents, Mayoral candidate Carlos Alvarez, 22, received the kind of education Jose Huizar, Ramon Cortines and Antonio Villaraigosa engineered for him.

"I was bussed long distances through the City since second grade," Alvarez says, who grew up in Leimert Park but graduated from El Camino High School in Woodland Hills. "Getting off a bus at 6:30 p.m. after a twelve-hour school day, it's not exactly an ideal situation."

Posting up at a party HQ on Virgil redolent of oldtime LA Weekly digs, Alvarez sees a surfeit of class distinction, entitlement, and a repressive police department in Mayor Villaraigosa's Los Angeles. "He should have fired Bratton after the May Day disturbance," Alvarez says.

Worker's rights are at the top of Alvarez's agenda. But Villaraigosa's machinations with the School District haven't won the Mayor any favor with Alvarez either. "They were talking about firing teachers--they need to hire teachers," Alvarez insists. "The teachers need more latitude with what they can teach, too. Right now they're too burdened by state-imposed testing."

Alvarez sees himself as a natural complement to Walter Moore in candidate fora. Opposing Moore on many economic issues, he believes that privatization is ruining City services.

"If there's a profit to be taken, that profit will be taken, at someone's expense. We see what privatizing did for disaster relief when we saw the aftermath of Katrina," Alvarez said.