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Lady Cage runs for 47th Assembly


Lady Cage-Barile was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, La. She moved to Los Angeles in 1982, and has lived in South Los Angeles since 2000. After much thought and encouragement, Barile has decided to run for the 47th Assembly seat.

Barile’s parents instilled in her, at a very young age, the desire to help others. Her mother specifically, required the L.A. transplant and all of her siblings to volunteer in the community in some capacity. Those values still remain with Barile to this day, and she has been a member of the National Council of Negro Women-an organization that strives to represent the national and international concerns of Black women-for more than 20 years.

Barile has a number of issues that she will make a priority, if elected including pro-life, education, job development, tax reform, homeland security, and Proposition 19 regarding the legalization of marijuana.

“I am pro-life, with the exception of medical emergency. I am for protecting marriage between one man and one woman. I believe that we have to have a solid foundation for this country. We have to have a clear, concise direction in life,” said Barile about her views.

“I am pro-homeland security. We have to protect our borders; we need more law enforcement and border patrol. When illegal immigrants are arrested, they need to be escorted to the border and deported. They are not to be released into the population again. We must utilize 287G (a law which authorizes the federal government to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, to permit) designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. To capture illegal immigrants across the country. It has not yet been utilized in California, and we must enforce that.”

Following find Barile’s position on issues of note:

On taxes:
“Taxes in California are the fourth highest in the nation. I agree that without taxes we cannot function, but right now they are taking enough taxes that they should be able to accomplish what they need to. Around 15 or 20 years ago, taxes were a whole lot less and they were doing a whole lot more. But because legislators came in and mismanaged and misappropriated these funds, we are now facing close to bankruptcy. So it’s not about more taxes and fees and fines. Its utilizing the budget reasonably,” said Barile.

On Proposition 19:
“I am against Prop. 19. So many students now are coming into their classes with their heads down, totally out of it, because of their exposure to marijuana. If anyone thinks that legalizing marijuana is going to make the state more rich, then they are absolutely crazy,” argued Barile. “You start one problem and escalate another to an even more extreme level to (the point) where it’s out of control. The legislators who voted for it have to be brain dead, because that is what marijuana does; it destroys your brain cells. We have legislators who are supposedly educated, however they have lost their intellectual ability to think, because they think it’s a good idea to essentially turn California into a drug dealer,” the candidate said passionately.
“There are other things we can do to bring in revenue such as bringing the entertainment industry back to California, because so much of it is going to other states and to other countries and now that money isn’t coming back into California anymore, and we need to focus on that.”

On Black incarceration:
“Education is key in why a lot of our kids are incarcerated. We have mildly mentally ill young teenage Black men and in high school, these symptoms weren’t recognized. So, they drop out because they weren’t helped (at inner city public schools) like they would have been at a lot of other Title 1 schools where they have psychologists on the campus. In Black communities, they don’t have that kind of help. We need a psychology center on every high school campus to listen and give (these young Black men) direction in their lives.”

In addition to using education to keep young men out of prison, Barile looks forward to changes being made within the prison system.

“Our tax dollars are paying for a lot of the luxuries, (i.e. cable television) that these people have in jail and prison, when instead we should make it mandatory that they get their GED while they are in prison; it should also be mandatory that they learn a trade.”

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