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We kicked off the Board meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Third District veteran Bradley Klimovych, a U.S. Army vet and Charter Member of Granada Hills VFW Post 2323.
Passed by voters last November, Proposition 64 makes it legal for individuals to use and grow cannabis for their own personal use. However, statutes governing the sale and state taxation of recreational marijuana will not go into effect until January 1, 2018.
The County must develop a comprehensive and overarching set of ordinances to govern every aspect of regulation in our unincorporated areas, as well as public health and law enforcement frameworks. But we can take advantage of recent experiences in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado and adopt a regulatory system that will ensure the well-being of County residents as well as contribute to the growing expertise in dealing with the legalization of cannabis.
On Tuesday, the Board unanimously passed a motion I co-authored with Supervisor Janice Hahn to take the initial steps to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework to coordinate with state law and prepare for the implementation of Prop 64 next January.
In December, we voted to approve the creation of a five-year Women and Girls Initiative (WGI) to address the disproportionate disadvantages and burdens faced by LA County’s women and girls.
The motion I coauthored with Supervisor Solis asks the County, with all its resources – its nearly $29 billion budget, 100,000 employees, and 37 departments -to identify and make recommendations about these differences in treatment and outcome.
On Tuesday, I announced the appointment of three outstanding women leaders from the Third District to the WGI: Kafi Blumenfield, Wendy Greuel, and Jai Lee Wong. Each if the other Supervisors will also appoint three people to the governing council.
With the election on Measure H less than a month away, I teamed up with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas for a motion establishing a Measure H Collaborative Revenue Planning Process that includes “an inclusive planning process which draws on the experience, expertise, and wisdom of cities, homeless service providers and experts, the faith and business communities, formerly homeless individuals and County departments.”
We can only succeed if we have the input and support of the civic and community leaders who are going to help us house the 47,000 people currently experiencing homelessness in the County.
We accepted a donation in the amount of $80,000 from Edison International through the County Library Foundation, to enhance its services and programs at libraries located in Compton, Duarte, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, Lancaster, Montebello, Paramount, Pico Rivera, and San Fernando.
This generous gift will allow our public libraries to expand current Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) programs at the libraries so that low-income and ethnically diverse youth have equal access to meet future STEAM workforce demands.