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100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage
I kicked off this week’s meeting with Supervisor Solis joining me in presenting scrolls to the County’s Women and Girls Initiative Board and staff and the LA County Commission for Women in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and the coming year if celebration in the County.
The 19th Amendment was ratified by all states in 1920, prohibiting states or the federal government from denying the right to vote based on sex, after decades of protest and struggle. In honor of this momentous anniversary, Los Angeles County festivities will last from this month till August of 2020. Included in the festivities will be special projects from the Los Angeles County Library, Art’s Commission, and Natural History Museum, among many others.
The 19th Amendment was a turning point in history for women and civic engagement, one that is deeply personal for me. For 127 years, only men served on the LA County Board of Supervisors. This Tuesday, the four women who make up the supermajority of this Board wore white to celebrate the suffragists who paved the way for us. I am so proud of the work the County is doing to highlight the centennial of such an important moment in history!
OurCounty Sustainability Plan
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the OurCounty Sustainability Plan, a bold, comprehensive regional approach to sustainability.
I brought the motion, along with Supervisor Hilda Solis, to create the County’s Chief Sustainability Office in 2016, which led to the development of the OurCounty Plan. The plan was drafted over the course of two years with the help of nearly 1,000 community and expert stakeholders from every part of the County, and addresses major issues such as climate change, the effects of environmental inequity on vulnerable populations, water quality and conservation, housing and much more.
At its heart, this plan is both a call to action and commitment to future generations. With ambitious milestones, the OurCounty plan seeks to create a greener, more sustainable LA County for everyone.
Employment Opportunities for Fire Camp Participants
The LA County Fire Department’s Fire Camp provides training and real-life experience for inmates who volunteer for the grueling, yet rewarding program. Inmate fire crews train to perform the tasks of professional firefighters, gaining both the technical skill and personal values conducive to employment in that field. However, Fire Camp participants face significant barriers once paroled in finding employment, as their criminal history often precludes them from obtaining EMT certification. Several State actions have recently been put forth to address this gap, and we must build on that momentum with a program of our own within LA County.
The motion I co-authored with Supervisor Solis requires a 60-day report back on the feasibility of creating a reentry job training program for Fire Camp participants. A reentry program can provide employment linkages that will encourage long term stability and discourage recidivism.
In California, we rely heavily on these inmate fire crews to fight wildfires, facing real danger as they use their training to keep our communities safe. We must support them on their pathway to employment, and give them a chance to put all of their hard work to good use.
To read more about this motion, click here!
Wi-Fi in County Parks
Today, Supervisors’ Barger and Hahn brought a motion that would assess the possibility of installing new and free Wi-Fi into all LA County parks.
Community parks at their core are about providing free, accessible recreation and fun. In an increasingly technological world, internet access and outdoor spaces are not mutually exclusive. Park patrons of all ages would benefit from Internet access to enable them to easily obtain information about parks, reserve picnic areas and other amenities, register for recreation programs, and sign up to volunteer at their local parks.
Our County parks are a place for a wide variety of community activities. By adding Wi-Fi, we will help to ensure that more people are motivated to take part in these activities.
Preview for LA County Fair
This week The Board of Supervisors kicked off the countdown to the Los Angeles County Fair with Supervisors Solis and Hahn presenting scrolls to the leadership of the Fair. The LA County Fair is held at the Fairplex in Pomona (1101 West Mckinley Avenue, Pomona, CA) from August 30th – September 22nd. Hours are extended on Labor Day Weekend to maximize your opportunity to join the fun! If you want to avoid the traffic and paying for parking, board Metrolink’s Riverside line and get off at the Pomona Metrolink Station, from there, grab the Line 197 bus to the Fairplex.
Whether you come to enjoy the food, live music, animal shows, rides, or art, the LA County Fair has it all to bring your summer to a memorable close. For a full breakdown of all the family fun this year’s Fair has to offer, click here!