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The recent stepped-up activity by ICE has understandably frightened many of our residents and had the further effect of discouraging them and their families from accessing vital public services.

On Tuesday, the board passed a pair of motions I co-authored with Supervisor Hilda Solis designed to put County services to work to do our best to keep our residents safe when they attend school, seek medical attention, go to court or seek County services.

The County provides vital public services and every eligible person should feel safe accessing them.

Read More: Board Passes Additional Immigrant Protections

More open space in Calabasas!

The County signed off on the sale of a tax-defaulted vacant lot, located near Old Topanga Canyon Road, between Valdez Road and Dorothy Road, to the City of Calabasas, to be designated as open-space.

The purchase is part of the city of Calabasas’ Open Space Element, which calls for the protection of environmental resources and maintenance of an open space system in order to conserve natural resources, preserve scenic beauty, promote a healthful atmosphere, provide space for
recreational opportunities and protect public safety.

The high cost of housing in California, and in LA in particular, has brought many people to seek public housing services after being evicted from their homes.

Families with pets that utilize these services are often faced with the toughest of choices: keep a roof over their heads or give up their pets.

As evictions have increased, many families identify a lack of pet-friendly housing as a reason that they felt forced to relinquish their family pet to a local shelter — putting extra strain on our already large animal shelter populations.

There’s a great bill, AB 1137, being considered right now in Sacramento, authored by Assembly Member Maienschein, that would require the state’s Department of Housing to allow cats and dogs in housing developments across the state.

The Board voted unanimously to send a five-signature letter in support of AB 1137.

 

Every year the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect (ICAN) hosts a Poster Art Contest as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The contest is open to all 4th, 5th and 6th grade children throughout Los Angeles County.

This annual program is designed to educate students and raise their awareness on issues of child abuse and child abuse prevention.

On Tuesday, the young winners were honored and asked to show off their artistic excellence on this critically important issue.

For over three decades, LA County has experienced the second largest HIV epidemic in the country. Nearly 60,000 County residents are currently living with HIV, with approximately 1,850 new infections expected this year.

We passed a motion by Supervisor Solis calling for a report back from our Department of Public Health on updated HIV awareness data, viral suppression rates, and PrEP enrollment estimates, broken out by racial/ethnic groups, gender groups, and age groups, as well as other pertinent data informing future programming for highly impacted groups in Los Angeles County, including young African-American and Latino gay men, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, and transgender females.

I asked specifically for data on progress being made on the distribution of PrEP in the community by our contracted service providers. We also approved an amendment to the motion by Supervisor Ridley-Thomas directing our Health Services Dept to come up with a robust plan to deliver PrEP to the populations we serve.