The race to become Los Angeles’ next mayor in 2013 is already crowded with eleven declared candidates.  Now, a corporation has announced its intentions to enter the fray. It’s called Farmscape, a company of young entrepreneurial urban gardeners who’ll turn your yard into a food source.  They say they’re serious about their bid. Based on the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that declare “corporations are people, too,” Farmscape said it would work to get its name on the ballot.
Spokeswoman Rachel Ballin said, “We are very serious about running for mayor because we are curious and want to discover what the limits to the corporate person-hood ruling might be.” She said the company will attempt to register to vote, which involves convincing the board of elections. (Could be a sticking point: Farmscape’s only been in business for three years, not quite the necessary 18 years of age a person needs to be to vote.) If it makes it past that hurdle, it (he? she?) will register candidacy with the necessary thousand signatures and filing fee. And if doing it the conventional way fails, Ballin said Farmscape will wage a write-in campaign.  Publicity stunt?  Ballin says Farmscape is serious: “In the age of the socially responsible entrepreneur, perhaps we could find a way for corporate people to be if anything more ethical, effective, and patriotic citizens than plain, old-fashioned people. If corporations are people, perhaps an urban farming company is the best choice for LA Mayor.”Heck.  Campaigns have been built on thinner promises.  They already have a campaign pledge (“We can have our yards, and eat them, too”) and a video:

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  • Bondigas said:

    "More human than a human." any viable campaign is pretty much a corporation anyway, a well-oiled fundraising, marketing, vote-acquiring machine. If anything, corporations might be more human than the average political campaign.Socially responsible business? why not?

  • Soil Man said:

    I've always thought LA needed a compostmaster general.

  • Morning Buzz: Thursday 4.5.12 | LA News Talk Radio said:

    [...] Latest gimmick in the mayor’s race: a corporation says it will “run” in order to test whether the Supreme Court ruling that corporations have “person” status in some legal contexts applies. And the attention is good, too. KCRW [...]

  • YJ Draiman said:

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    It is time to remake Los Angeles in the image of our boldest vision – a city of healthy communities with good schools and quality education, innovative companies in new and emerging sectors, quality open space, improved public transportation, a range of mobility and housing options; and above all, a prosperous and productive middle class equipped with the skills and education to create a better future.

    It is time to get serious about designing a real economic development program linked to investments in healthy communities. I recently proposed to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewable Energy, Energy and Water Efficiency. We have the climate, the manpower, the resources and technology.

    This situation must change, or we are doomed.

    It is imperative that we reverse this trend.

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  • Zack Drami said:

    His name is YJ Draiman, and he wants to be your next Mayor.
    The son of European immigrants, YJ Draiman was born in 1949. He was reared in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from High School, he studied Engineering in New York City. In 1971, he got married and went to work as a Mechanical Engineer in the printing industry.
    In 1975, YJ moved to Chicago where he initially worked as an Administrator in a Healthcare facility. But for most of his adult life, YJ has been a businessman. He rehabilitated apartment buildings, he owned a Real Estate Office, he partnered in a Natural Gas Exploration venture and operated a chain of electronic stores. And in 1984, he started marketing Deregulated natural gas, natural gas futures hedging and Efficiency in Energy, Water, Telecom and Utility Services. He’s been active in this business ever since. He’s been recognized by the Illinois State Commerce Commission as a Utilities Expert.
    He’d welcome comments/question from those who read this column, and can be reached by phone at: (818) 366-6999, or with an e-mail yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org. r11

  • ReFarm the City » The Better Matters Blog said:

    [...] a few highlights: – Thrill number one: the mayoral podium on KCRW’s Which Way LA? blog. – A Farmscape For Mayor banner on LA [...]

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  • ted crisell said:

    tired of having your mayor live in a FREE mansion in Hancock Park that you pay for???

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  • @undefined said:

    "When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?" (1)

    We keep electing our political leaders from the same parasitic pool of privileged families.
    I challenge anyone to name the congressperson, or senator in Washington, or your state that was brought up in a middle income, middle class family, or had to work a real job to pay the bills. I'm not talking about attorneys, or corporate top level managers. These people are not what I consider workers! Show me the person in our government that has had to borrow money to send his kids to college, or take out an "inflated interest" loan to buy a house! Do any of them really care that we are mortgaging our children's future to China? How many of them have had to go to war, or serve in the military other than be an officer with the elitist mindset that permeates our armed forces? __We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually
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  • @undefined said:

    "When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?" (2)

    We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually know who we are, and what we think. Our salvation can only come from our votes, and we should vote the man, not the party! Vote for the person that has proven his way from a humble beginning, and succeeded…oh yeah!
    That's right! You won't find any such person because unless they sell out to a special interest group with money, fat chance they will be able to afford to compete in the arena of the privileged elite! Money actually buys our leaders even before they are elected!
    The current job down turn was badly handles from the beginning and the government’s response to the crisis has, in some instances, made matters worse.
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  • @undefined said:

    "When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?" (3)

    The feds threw stimulus money at California which simultaneously cut its EDD staff precisely when the unemployed needed their help the most. Sacramento sent bailout money to local municipalities like Los Angeles, which used the money to save high paying government jobs only to subsequently eliminate those same jobs as part of the city’s cost saving measures.
    The state and federal government layered on large amounts of unemployment benefits that made people out of work feel good but did nothing to help them get back to work. The benefits have now run out and the unemployment recipients have been thrust back into the ranks of job seekers with no new work skills and no new job prospects.
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  • @undefined said:

    "When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?" (4)

    We have spent trillions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. What we need is a disaster plan and disaster response, which requires identifying those in need of critical attention from those who need minimal retooling of skills to reenter the job market. Is the consortium of people and foundations that we wrote about the answer to our critical need? Who knows but if they don’t address the critical steps needed to getting people back to work it will all be a waste of time.
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  • @undefined said:

    "When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?" (5)

    Regardless of our own personal beliefs and values; we must join together and address this unemployment issue before our great nation is permanently damaged. This is perhaps due to the greed and pettiness of some of our leaders; but now is not the time to be pointing fingers.
    We have a duty to help our fellow citizens. It is easy to point out what is wrong; harder to develop and implement solutions to problems and issues.
    I agree that working together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration; we can address and resolve any challenge.
    I support and look forward to contributing and getting our country contributing solutions, ideas, approaches, and resources to our communities, our country and our world.
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