District 94 for Louisiana

Charles Marsala #64

Asking Your Support For LA District #94 State Representative

Introduction Video

Experience * Vision * Results

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Charles’ BIO

Link to AWE News Youtube Channel Playlist

Since 2016, Charles has produced a TV regarding Louisiana Culture, History, and Tourism titled: “Celebrating Culture” which appears on WLAE-TV. and WGNO-TV. He has received three Suncoast Regional Emmy Nominations.

In 2019, he published a self-guided tour APP for New Orleans and Louisiana: titled: “New Orleans Insider Tours.”

Charles was born in New Orleans with his family moving to Clearview and West Esplanade in 1967. He became an Eagle Scout at St. Francis Xavier and was an Explorer Scout at East Jefferson Medical Center. He has worked at Baskin Robbins on Veterans, as a student Med-Tech at Lakeside Hospital for Women, and as a Financial Advisor on Veterans.

He was Student Council President of Jesuit High School New Orleans in 1978, section leader of the drum line, the Marine JROTC Band, and involved in several other extracurricular activities.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tulane he worked in Long Beach, California as an offshore drilling engineer with Gearhart Industries. He transferred to Lista International in 1983 and was Northwest Regional Sales Manager till 2004.

In 2000, he completed the Stanford University Executive Program for Growing Companies. He was a partner is several Copeland Restaurant Franchises, and owned the Dunn & Bradstreet Receivable Management Services Franchises in six Western States. From 2004-2010, he built and owned an e-commerce company called Tool Boxes and More.

In 2010 he went to work as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley. He passed the Series 7 and 66 tests, and later added the Real Estate Lending License and Insurance Licenses. He has written books on finance and areas of focus for mayors.

He owns an office building in Menlo Park California near Stanford University and Facebook Headquarters.

Charles Marsala was on the City Council of Atherton from 2002-2010. He was Vice-Mayor in 2005 and Mayor in 2006. In 2009, he received one of three Leadership in Action Awards from the League of California Cities. During his time in the League of Cities he moderated panels on City Finance and spoke on the importance of City Council members knowing the difference between a fee and a tax.

He spent two years on a Statewide Human Resource Committee to address Unfunded Pension Liabilities, and served in on the Governor’s bi-partisan leadership team. Marsala started in 1999 on the Atherton Art Committee as an amateur wildlife and underwater photographer. He was appointed to the town’s Park & Recreation Commission and Chaired a Finance and Taxation Committee in 2000. In 2006, he signed the Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement and implemented non legislation ideas to conserve the environment.

In 2019, he was elected President of the American-Italian Federation of the Southeast. In 2016 as a Senate Candidate, he sought to bring attention to several issues he believes the US Congress needs to address.

Since 2017, he has lived in the West End Marina. In 2022, he became active in restoring West End Lakeshore Park as a park for bike path recreation and to preserve wildlife habitat.

He built a website to inform residents on the situation in West End Lakeshore Park.

In 2019, the incumbent for District #94 passed Act 152 to develop West End Lakeshore Park into economic development. Charles believes this will add to crime in District #94 as his car was stolen in the Fall of 2002, his neighbor’s boat stolen Easter Sunday, and the recent shootings with high powered rifles on Veterans & Fleur de Leis attest. He wants to have West End Lakeshore Park remain as the orginal ACTs 92 and 209 of 1906 and 1910 called for: “A Public Park or Amusement Park.”

In 2022, he worked with local media to have the 500,000 gallon per day water leak since Katrina at West End capped, motivated Jefferson Parish to trim the Heritage Oak Trees, and the MYHMC to remove Katrina debris sitting in the park.

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Vision & Goals

Link to YouTube Channel of Marsala’s viewpoints on Issues

School Choice

No State Income Tax

Capping Property Tax increases at 1.25%

Return West End Lakeshore Park to Recreational Use

Jefferson Parish’s Veterans Blvd is an economic driver in District #94

West End Lakeshore Park

In 2022, he became active in restoring West End Lakeshore Park as a park for recreation and to preserve wildlife habitat. With his experience, in 30 days he was able to involve the local media to create attention to the 500,000 gallons per day of fresh water that was pouring into Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans S&W Board since Hurricane Katrina. Video Link.

Next he spoke at a Jefferson Parish Council Meeting, asking them to remove the debris and trim the oak trees along the lake in West End Lakeshore Park. Jefferson Parish immediately scheduled a crew and advised the New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation (MYHMC) to remove hundreds of concrete piling debris from the park.

The next step is getting the State Legislature to approve spending to repair the Lake Retention Wall or apply for a FEMA Grant before time expires. Marsala has been shut down at the state level, and needs your support to finish returning West End Lakeshore Park to Public Park use. Video Link.

Marsala’s interest goes way past solving the return of West End Lakeshore Park.

Playlists have been created for several issues including:

  1. Not creating more potential crime areas by adding an entertainment area in District 94

2. Capping annual Property Tax increases

3. Returning Recreation to West End Lakeshore Park

4. Addressing Opioid over prescribing to Seniors

5. Protecting Seniors Finances during Long Term Care

6. Addressing Unfunded Pension Liabilities

7. Returning offshore jobs to America when possible, especially call centers.

8. Opposing the removal of the Step-Up Basis in inheritance

9. Removing unfunded mandates on Cities and States

10. A policy to return removed monuments to original owners.

11. Reducing Harmful Algal Blooms and Dead Zones in Coast Waters

12. Maintaining the ability for Social Philanthropy by keeping taxes low.

13. Coastal Restoration

14. Reducing the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico and Harmful Algae Blooms in the Lake

15. Increase Government Transparency and Public Records Requests

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Charles’ Results

In 2022, I opted to take matters into my own hands to resolve this 25-year lost resource. I first approached the Jefferson Parish Council in November 2022 to trim the 13-heritage oak trees on the Jefferson Parish side of the park.

I then reached out to Fox8Live to fix the New Orleans Sewage & Water Board leak of 500,000 gallons per day.

Currently completing the restoration of West End Lakeshore Park is stopped at the State level. The Governor’s office will not file a FEMA or GOSHEP claim nor comment. For over a year, I have been asking DOA Jay Dardenne to address repairing the lake retention wall. There has been no response as potential FEMA funds near expiration.

In April, I went to Baton Rouge to ask the legislature for funding to repair the seawall. There was no interest.

As West End Lakeshore Park sits derelict, Jefferson Parish has raised $15 million to build a living shoreline. Federal Funds are available via the 2021 Infrastructure Act, Alliance for Open Space, and Bike Path Grants. I have met with Senator Cassidy on the $50 Million available for Lake Pontchartrian.

As State Representative, Marsala will propose the legislation to return West End Lakeshore Park to a Public Park.

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Election Integrity

Louisiana’s in person voting provides for better election integrity that mail-in ballot harvesting. Even then voter rolls have inactive voters on them. People who have not voted in two years should be removed from the voter rooster and have to re-register to vote.

Link to PEW Institute Report

Research in Pew’s report underscores the need for registration systems that better maintain voter records, save money, and streamline processes.Our democratic process requires an effective system for maintaining accurate voter registration information.

Voter registration lists are used to assign precincts, send sample ballots, provide polling place information, identify and verify voters at polling places, and determine how resources, such as paper ballots and voting machines, are deployed on Election Day.

However, these systems are plagued with errors and inefficiencies that waste taxpayer dollars, undermine voter confidence, and fuel partisan disputes over the integrity of our elections.

Voter registration in the United States largely reflects its 19th-century origins and has not kept pace with advancing technology and a mobile society. States’ systems must be brought into the 21st century to be more accurate, cost-effective, and efficient.

Research commissioned by the Pew Center on the States highlights the extent of the challenge:

  • Approximately 24 million—one of every eight—voter registrations in the United States are no longer valid or are significantly inaccurate.
  • More than 1.8 million deceased individuals are listed as voters.
  • Approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state.